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At age 80, Ron Erhardt, former Patriots head coach and offensive coordinator under Bill Parcells when the Giants won Super Bowls XXI and XXV. In 1956, following two years in the Army, Erhardt (left) began his coaching career at the high school level in North Dakota. Staying in-state, he took NDSU's head coach job in '66 and led the Bison to two college division titles before departing for New England in '73. (Explaining why he fired Erhardt in '81, after he'd gone 21--27, Pats owner Billy Sullivan said, "He was just too nice a guy.") Eventually his run-heavy style jelled with the Giants as well as with the Steelers, for whom he was the coordinator in their run to Super Bowl XXX.