ALAMEDA –- Former Raiders defensive coordinator Charlie Sumner has died, the team announced on Monday. He was 84.
Sumner spent three stints as a Raiders assistant coach, and was the team’s defensive coordinator for 10 seasons.
After playing eight NFL seasons as a safety, Sumner was hired as the Raiders defensive backs coach in 1963. He held the position through 1968.
Sumner returned to the franchise in 1979 as defensive coordinator and maintained that post through 1984. He was head coach of the USFL’s Oakland Invaders in 1985, but returned to the Raiders as defensive coordinator from 1986-89.
He was the team’s defensive coordinator for victories in Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII. Sumner left a large imprint on the team he helped coach for so many years.
“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the news of Charlie Sumner’s passing," the team said in a statement. "Charlie was an esteemed part of the Raider family and was instrumental in some of the Silver and Black’s greatest triumphs. Our deepest sympathies are with Charlie’s family at this time.”