George Cumby
No. 52
Personal information
Born: (1956-07-05) July 5, 1956 (age 67)
LaRue, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop Gorman (Tyler, Texas)
NFL draft:1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

George Edward Cumby (born July 5, 1956) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the 1980s. He played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners, thrice earning All-American honors, including a unanimous selection in 1979. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, Cumby played professionally for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He was an athletic director and head football coach for Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Texas. In 2016, he served as director of recruitment at Jacksonville College (TX).[1]

Cumby has coached college football at Texas College, and Tyler Junior College. He has coached at his alma mater Tyler- Bishop T.K . Gorman for two stints and at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler.

Ordained to preach several years ago in Houston, Cumby is currently the pastor of Noonday Methodist Church, 17320 state Hwy 155, Flint, Tx.  

Early years

Cumby is African-American.[2] He was born in LaRue, Texas.[3] He graduated from Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Texas in 1975.[4]

College career

He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1976 to 1979. He was a three-time first-team All-American (1977, 1978, 1979), being a consensus first-team selection in 1979. With a combination of speed and strength, he is considered one of the top defensive players of all time at Oklahoma. He was also named Defensive Newcomer of the Year and Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year twice—in 1978 and 1979. Cumby was described by then-head coach Barry Switzer as "the only person I know who could go one-on-one with Earl Campbell and knock him backwards." He finished his career at Oklahoma with 405 career tackles, fifth on the all-time list.[5]

Professional career

Cumby was taken in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in the 1980 NFL Draft as the 26th overall pick. He started two games as a rookie and moved into the full-time starting position in 1981 when he intercepted a career-high three passes and in 1982 Cumby was a Second-team All-Pro selection. He remained a starter though 1984 and was then relegated to backup duty in 1985.[3]

In the 1985 season, Cumby gained national attention in a negative way. When rookie defensive tackle William Perry was put in the offensive lineup for the Chicago Bears, it was Cumby who was twice "flattened" by Perry on lead blocks for Walter Payton.[6] Later in that season, Cumby was beaten on a short pass route by Perry that the "Fridge" carried into the end zone, again an embarrassment for Cumby.[7]

Cumby was cut by the Packers the following preseason on August 18, 1986,[8] and subsequently signed by the Buffalo Bills.[9] Cumby was a starter in 8 of the 11 games he played in 1986. He played one game for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987 when he was signed to bolster an injury-weakened linebacking corps.[10]

Worked for Sports World ministries from 1987 to 1989, traveling around the United States speaking to schools, churches and corporations.

Cumby was ordained and licensed to preach in 1999.

Cumby served as a leader of Fellowship of Christian athletes for seven years, from 1999 to 2006, primarily in the Houston area.

In 2001, Cumby started his first church, called Family Of Faith Worship Center in Houston and stayed until 2006.

Cumby returned to East Texas, as an assistant pastor in Winona, with Higher Hope Fellowship church, serving there as an assistant pastor for the next seven years.

Ordained to preach several years ago in Houston, Cumby is currently the pastor of Noonday Methodist Church, 17320 state Hwy 155, Flint, Tx.  

Coaching career

After his NFL career, Cumby was the athletic director and coach at his high school alma mater, Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, for the 2006 school year, and was recently the linebackers coach at Tyler Junior College. He was the head football coach at Texas College for three seasons until August 2014.[11] He also coaches at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas. Later returned to coach at Bishop T.K. Gorman in 2021–22.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Texas College Steers (Central States Football League) (2011)
2011 Texas College 0–11 0–5 6th
Texas College Steers (NAIA independent) (2012)
2012 Texas College 2–9
Texas College Steers (Central States Football League) (2013)
2013 Texas College 1–9 1–4 5th
Texas College: 3–29 1–9
Total: 3–29


  1. ^ Correspondent, Doc Smith Sports. "Former NFL star takes reins at JC as director of recruitment". Daily Progress Jacksonville, TX. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Positive tale for man crushed by Fridge".
  3. ^ a b Pro Football
  4. ^ "Former NFL star takes reins at JC as director of recruitment". Jacksonville Progress. August 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Sooner Archived May 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Bears' march to Super Bowl XLI Chicago Sun-Times, October 28, 2006.
  7. ^ PERRY EVEN CONVERTS PACKER COACH Chicago Tribune, November 4, 1985.
  8. ^ "Bills trade Cribbs to 49ers, welcome the arrival of Kelly" Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 19, 1986.
  9. ^ "Around the camps" St. Petersburg Times, September 3, 1986.
  10. ^ A FINAL CHANCE FOR SUB EAGLES Philadelphia Inquirer, October 18, 1987.
  11. ^ Texas College Hires George Cumby