Carl Taseff (September 28, 1928 - February 27, 2005) was an American football player and assistant coach.
Carl played college football
at John Carroll University
and was the roommate of Don Shula
Pro Football playing career
Carl was drafted in the twenty-second recond of the 1951 NFL Draft
by the Cleveland Browns
. After spending one season with the Browns, Carl went to the Baltimore Colts
and played for them for nine seasons. While with the Colts he helped them win two NFL titles and played in the 1958 overtime title game against the New York Giants
He set an NFL record with the Colts in 1959 by returning a blocked field goal 99 yards for a touchdown. He finished his professional playing career in 1962 with the American Football League's Buffalo Bills.
NFL coaching career
From 1970 to 1993, Carl was an assistant for Don Shula
with the Miami Dolphins
, mainly serving as the running backs coach.
Carl was the roommate of Don Shula in college, they were teammates with the Browns (51) and Colts (53-56), and Carl was a member of the coaching staff with Don Shula on the Dolphins (70-93).
A disease known as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
, from which Taseff had been suffering for roughly 6 years, caused him to suffer from a weaker immune system
. At the end of January 2005, Taseff caught the common cold
that would eventually develop into pneumonia
which would take his life on February 27