ETTINGER, DON 'RED'
Hometown: Sunflower, KS & Independence, MO (William Chrisman HS)
1943-46: In military.
What about a red dog? That is reserved for football: it is a pass rush by linebackers, synonymous with blitz, although that defensive play often has one or more defensive backs rushing the quarterback. According to Tim Considine's "Language of Sport," the phrase originated during the 1949 season when the New York Giants guard Red Ettinger, filling in at linebacker, bolted from his position to rush the quarterback; asked about the play, he replied, "I was just doggin' the quarterback a little," giving rise to "Red's doggin'," which became the verb and noun red dog.
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Ettinger invented blitzing