Clyde Emrich Death – Cause of Death: American Olympic weightlifter and long-time strength coach for the Chicago Bears, Clyde Emrich died on Wednesday, November 10. He was 90 years old.
Clyde Emrich dubbed “The Legend” became the NFL’s first strength and conditioning coach in 1971, spending 50 years with the Chicago Bears both as a strength coach before moving into team administration.
He began lifting weights at age 15 without coaching or training so he would turn to Strength and Health magazine for help on strength programs and how to lift.
A statement made by the Bears vice president, Brian McCaskey reads;
“I had the privilege of working with Clyde for nearly 40 years, He was a wonderful mentor to me and many others and was well-respected by everyone in the Bears family as well as around the league.
Clyde revolutionized the way teams trained for an NFL season. He shared his knowledge and expertise with athletes from all walks of life and at all levels. Clyde would always say, ‘give me an athlete, and I’ll make them an even better athlete by making them stronger.”