Former New England Patriots head coach Rod Rust passed away Tuesday.
According to a news release sent to 22News, the Iowa native joined the team in 1983 as the defensive coordinator until 1987.
Rust had served ast the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker coach prior to joining the Patriots.
He was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator for five years, during which time the defensive unit ranked third in the AFC in 1985, the team won the AFC Championship, and went on to compete in Superbowl XX.
After five years with the team, he briefly left for two season before being named head coach of the Patriots on February 27, 1990.
Rust led the team for one season, with his coaching career ending 2005 with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers when he was 77-years-old.