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George Blair
Hometown: Pascagoula, MS
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Coach George Blair is a state championship football coach at Yazoo City, Laurel, Oxford, and McComb High Schools. He is a native of Pascagoula who was an All-Big Eight football player at Pascagoula High before graduating in 1955. He was a member of the Ole Miss football and track teams from 1956 to 1961 and played under legendary Coach Johnny Vaught. He played in three postseason bowl games plus the 1961 Senior Bowl and the 1961 College All-Star game in Chicago. Coach Blair's professional football career included four seasons with the AFL’s San Diego Chargers as a kicker and safety. He led the Chargers in scoring as a kicker from 1961-1963 and played in the first ever AFL All-Star game in 1962. He played in two AFL Championship games and was a member of the 1963 AFL Championship Charger squad. Coach Blair's distinguished three decade plus coaching and teaching career began in 1963. He coached at Yazoo City High in 1963 before serving as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss from 1965 to 1966. He then served as an assistant coach and head football coach at Laurel High from 1966 to 1976. Coach Blair guided the Golden Tornadoes football program to four bowl appearances, one South State runner-up finish, the 1988 South Class 4A title, and the 1990 Class 4A State championship. Overall, his gridiron teams compiled a record of 147-119-2. He is a three-time district Coach of the Year in 1987, 1988, and 1990. He was selected as the 1970 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year. He served as assistant coach in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game in 1970, the head coach in the 1973 contest, and the assistant coach in the 1991 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. He organized famed “Gold Club” for former Laurel athletes and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Laurel High in 1972. Coach Blair also served as athletic director at Laurel, Oxford, and McComb High Schools.