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Fast Facts On John Fox

It's officially official: John Fox is the Bears' new head coach. He signed a four-year deal Friday.

Much has been made of Fox's track record as a head coach, which saw him guide two different teams to the Super Bowl. Here's some other biographical information and fast facts about him.


Age: 59
Born: Virginia Beach, Va.
Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.
College: San Diego State

Fast facts

-- Fox began his coaching career in 1978 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, San Diego State, then spent each of the following six seasons as a defensive backs coach with six different college programs, including Utah, Kansas and Iowa State.

-- In 1985, Fox worked with the USFL's Los Angeles Express for one season.

-- The first NFL job for Fox was with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1989, when Chuck Noll hired him away from his defensive coordinator job at University of Pittsburgh to become defensive backs coach.

-- As an assistant coach, Fox has served under Chuck Noll (Steelers), Bobby Ross (Chargers), Art Shell (Raiders), Mike White (Raiders), Rich Brooks (Rams) and Jim Fassel (Giants).

-- Fox is one of six head coaches to lead two teams (Carolina, Denver) to the Super Bowl, along with the company of Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren.

-- No NFL head coach has ever led three teams to the Super Bowl.

-- In Fox's first season with Carolina, he lead the previous 2-14 Panthers to a 7-9 record, then 11-5 and a Super Bowl appearance the following season. He took the Broncos from 4-12 to 8-8 in his first season and led Denver to a division title in each of his four seasons.

-- Fox's 119 career wins are second to only Bill Belichick among active head coaches.

-- Three of Fox's former assistants have coached in the NFL: Jack Del Rio (Jaguars, Raiders), Dennis Allen (Raiders) and Mike McCoy (Chargers).

-- Fox's father, Ron, was a Navy SEAL. He and his wife, Robin, have three sons, Matthew, Mark and Cody, and a daughter, Halle.

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