Harry Gamble, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles as well as Lafayette, Penn and New Jersey high school teams before retiring as the Eagles’ president, died Tuesday, the team said in a statement. He was 83.
In 1981, Gamble joined the Eagles as a volunteer assistant coach under Dick Vermeil and became a full-time staffer a year later, coaching special teams and tight ends. He moved into the front office as director of football operations in 1984, and a year later he was named general manager by owner Leonard Tose.
In 1986, he became team president, a position he held until 1994.
He was remembered by Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie for his efforts to promote football, his coaching prowess and his love of family.
“Harry is a legendary football figure in the city of Philadelphia and South Jersey,” Lurie said in a statement. “He was an excellent football coach, executive and philanthropist, but he will be remembered most for his warm personality, his strong character and his love for his family.”