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Vic Rapp, former CFL coach of the year, dead at 80

Former CFL coach of the year Vic Rapp has died. He was 80. Rapp began his CFL coaching career in Edmonton, where he coached five seasons from 1972 to 1976. He was a member of Ray Jauch's coaching staff and helped lead the Eskimos to the 1975 Grey Cup Championship victory.

Long career included head coaching stint with B.C. Lions from 1977-82

Vic Rapp, who coached the B.C. Lions from 1977 to 1982 and was named CFL coach of the year in 1977, has died at the age of 80. (Twitter/BC Lions)

Former CFL coach of the year Vic Rapp has died. He was 80.

The Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions both announced Rapp's death in releases on Wednesday.

Rapp began his CFL coaching career in Edmonton, where he coached five seasons from 1972 to 1976. He was a member of Ray Jauch's coaching staff and helped lead the Eskimos to the 1975 Grey Cup Championship victory.

Rapp went on to become the head coach of the Lions from 1977 to 1982, recording a 53-39-4 record. He won the Annis Stukus Trophy in 1977 as the CFL's Coach of the Year.

He was inducted onto the Lions' Wall of Fame in 2010.

Rapp coached in the NFL from 1983 to 2000 with the Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.

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