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Ted Tollner likely will call it a career, after 47 years


After the 2010 season, the Raiders parted ways with passing game coordinator Ted Tollner. According to Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the 47-year coaching veteran says he’s ready to retire.

Then again. . . .

This is the third time he’s said he’s retiring,” Tollner’s wife of 52 years, Barbara, told Schrotenboer.

(Geez, who does this guy think he is, Brett Favre?)

This time, Tollner seems to mean it. He reportedly turned down two job offers after leaving the Raiders.

“Right now the answer is yes,” Tollner said as to whether he’s done for good.

He leaves the game with an impressive resume, more than 50 years after surviving a plane crash that killed 16 of his Cal Poly teammates and six others. From Woodside High to San Mateo College to San Diego State to BYU to USC to the Bills, Chargers, and Rams back to San Diego State to the 49ers, Lions, 49ers again, and Raiders, Tollner has coached for longer than plenty of the folks reading these words have been alive, including the relatively old man who is writing them.

So congrats to Coach Tollner on a full career, and best wishes in retirement.

If it sticks this time.