Bruce Arians Looks Unrecognizable in Pictures From Playing Days at Virginia Tech

Jason Schandl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians looks unrecognizable in pictures from his college football career.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians looks unrecognizable in pictures from his college football career. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Bruce Arians has been an NFL head coach since he took over as the Indianapolis Colts' interim head coach during the 2012 season, but the history of his involvement with the game of football goes back way further than that.

His first stint as an NFL coach came from 1989 to 1992, when he was the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Before that he had spent six seasons as the head coach at Temple. His first ever coaching gig was as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in 1975, which followed his playing days for the Hokies.

And when Arians was at Virignia Tech in the '70s, he was all-in on the 1970s look.

Martinsville Bulletin/Virginia Tech

Fully embracing the Burt Reynolds look, Arians could grow a mean mustache. Even when he was clean shaven, though, he had a pretty impressive head of hair on him.

Martinsville Bulletin/Virginia Tech

Arians was a career backup in college, attempting just 174 passes over three seasons (and completing only 44.8 percent of them), but he clearly had a knack for the mental side of the game that let him make such a strong transition into coaching.

Expectations are high for Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. He already has one Super Bowl ring from his time as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and now he'll be looking to win his first as a head coach.

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