Tom Keane

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Tom Keane

Keane on a 1954 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
Place of birth Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Date of death June 1, 2001(2001-06-01) (aged 74)
Place of death Miami, Florida, United States
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback
College West Virginia
NFL draft 1948 / Round: 3 / Pick: 18
Career history
As player
1948–1951 Los Angeles Rams
1952 Dallas Texans
1953–1954 Baltimore Colts
1955 Chicago Cardinals
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1953
Career stats

Thomas Lawrence Keane (September 7, 1926 June 19, 2001) was an American football cornerback.

High school

Keane played football and graduated from Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia (now known as the Linsly School) in 1944. During his high school career he was an All-OVAC selection in football and basketball in 1943 and 1944. He was also All-City in basketball.


He then went to play football at Ohio State University where he lettered as a freshman. After freshman year, he joined the United States Navy where he served for 20 months. After the navy he enrolled at West Virginia University, where he lettered in football in 1946 and 1947.

Professional Football

Keane was a third round selection and 18th overall pick in the 1948 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams. He played four years with the Rams, where he won the 1951 NFL title. He left the Rams to go play a year for the Dallas Texans. Followed by two years with the Baltimore Colts and finally ending his career with the Chicago Cardinals in 1955. During his career he was selected All-Pro twice and played in the 1953 Pro Bowl.

Coaching career

Keane served as an assistant for the Chicago Cardinals from 1957–1959. From 1962–1964 he served as Head Coach of the Wheeling Ironmen of the United Football League. Then he went back to the NFL to the Pittsburgh Steelers as an assistant in 1965. He served as a longtime assistant to the Miami Dolphins where he coached from 1966–1985. He was one of the assistants on the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team under head coach Don Shula.


Tom Keane, OVAC Hall of Fame

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