Wayne Fontes

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Wayne Fontes (born February 2, 1940) is a former American football coach and college and professional football player who was the head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1988 to 1996. His 67 wins and 71 losses are each the most for a head coach in team history. Fontes was born in the fishing community of New Bedford, Massachusetts. According to the 1930 US Census, his mother, Matilda Fontes, was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island. His father, Caetano Fontes, was born in Cape Verde, a Portuguese colony at the time. Fontes grew up in Canton, Ohio where he played football at McKinley High School. He attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1962. After he was taken in the ninth round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Fontes played one year for the New York Titans of the American Football League. Fontes played nine games for the Titans in the 1962 season as a defensive back, recording four interceptions. He returned one interception 83 yards for a touchdown, a franchise record that would stand for 27 years. After playing one season for the Titans, he injured his posterior cruciate ligament, he returned to MSU to obtain a Master's degree.

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