John Joseph Idzik, the father of Jets general manager John Idzik, passed away Tuesday. He was 85, and the death was attributed to natural causes.
The elder Idzik's coaching career included stints with the Jets, Dolphins, Baltimore Colts and Eagles. He was a member of the Colts' 1970 Super Bowl V team and served as the Jets' offensive coordinator from 1977-79.
Idzik was born June 25, 1928, in Bridesburg, Pa., and was the youngest of nine children. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-53. After the Marines, Idzik embarked on a successful coaching career that took him from the college ranks to the CFL to the NFL.
He completed his coaching career as offensive backfield coach of the USFL Washington Federals in 1983 and head coach of the Aberdeen (Scotland) Oilers in the British American Football League in 1990, where he coached with his son John.
Idzik passed away with family by his side at his home in Chadds Ford, Pa. Idzik is survived by his sister, Laura Novasack, his wife of 60 years, Joyce Joann (Hoppensteadt) Idzik, his son John, and two other children and five grandchildren.
There will be a viewing at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3003 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Del., at noon on Dec. 14 followed by a service. Burial will be immediately afterward at Lower Brandywine Cemetery, 101 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Concordia Lutheran Church.