Glenn "Pop" Warner Shifted Football Into Modern Gear
Early college football's brainiest coach needed dummies in his master plan.
Brash, profane, chain-smoking, gravelly voiced, Pop Warner catalyzed college football from Bronze Age infancy into a sleek, modern game. He brought a modern MBA playbook to the early-college huddle.
Warner was an incubator of breakthrough ideas without peer in the early 1900s. He was a once-in-a-generation radical innovator who vaporized the game's contented paradigm — the ponderous, plodding offenses.
He relentlessly confused the competition with explosive and deceptive offenses nobody had ever seen. He leapt over conventional thinking, stayed unpredictable, played to his players' strengths and could motivate well.
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