Sandy Springs Chapel


Frederick Karl Bruney

December 30, 1931January 22, 2016

Frederick K. Bruney December 30, 1931 – January 22, 2016

Frederick “Fred” Karl Bruney, age 84, passed away peacefully on January 22nd, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at Brookdale Memory Care in Sandy Springs, GA. Fred was born to the late Arthur J. Bruney and Eula (Mozena) Bruney on December 30th, 1931 in Martins Ferry, OH. He married his childhood sweetheart, the late Louise (Freeman) Bruney in 1953, and shared 60 years of marriage with Louise before her passing in 2014. Upon graduating from Martins Ferry High School in 1949, Fred attended The Ohio State University, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1953. He played football for the OSU Buckeyes, under Woody Hayes, earning the nickname “Fearless Fred” for his aggressive play on both sides of the grid-iron, and receiving All-Big 10 honors his senior year. His time at OSU would lead him to a lifelong career in the NFL as both a player and a coach. Described as “pound for pound, one of the toughest players in the nation,” it was Fred’s love of others; his family, his players, and his friends, that defined him. He was a champion for inclusiveness and an advocate for ‘the underdog,’ as his influence on those around him expanded well beyond the playing field. Fred was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1953; an 11-year playing career that would take him to the NFL San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, and Boston Patriots where he was a two-time AFL All-Star selection. His professional coaching career also began in Boston as a player-coach -- which launched his long NFL coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts. Fred was appointed Interim Head Coach of the Eagles for the last game of the 1985 season, going 1-0 as a head coach -- providing his children with the opportunity to brag that their dad has “the highest winning percentage in history for an NFL head coach.” Fred retired from the NFL after the 1997 season, and at that time, he held the longest tenure as a player and coach in Pro Football at 44 years. Upon retirement, Fred and Louise lived in Ocean Isle Beach, NC and Sandy Springs, GA. Fred enjoyed his free time playing golf, watching games on TV, and visiting his children and grandchildren across the country. He was an incredibly loving and supportive husband; father, brother, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by his older brother Arthur J. Bruney, Jr. and sister-in-law Sara Margaret (SM) Jewell Bruney. Left to honor Fred and remember his love are his five children: Chuck Bruney (& John Giffer) of Sandy Springs, GA; Susan (& Jerry) Schretter of Ridgewood, NJ; Lori (& Victor) Johnston of Wheaton, IL; Becky (& T.R.) Dellin of Winnetka, IL; and Rich (& Lori) Bruney of Acworth, GA. Fred is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Kristen, Michael, Jennifer and Julia Schretter; Erick and Katie Johnston; Charlotte, Jack, and Caroline Dellin; Abbie, Sara, and Jake Bruney; as well as his younger sister, Judy (& Larry) Simms of Massillon, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends of the Bruney family are invited to a joyous celebration of Fred’s life to be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Hudson Grille, 6317 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to the Nobis Works Foundation, whose mission is to develop and provide job training, employment and vocational support for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, January 30, 2016


Frederick Karl Bruney

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Rev 21:3&4 G. Johnson

January 28, 2016

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Rich Beaver

January 26, 2016

Our sincere condolences to The Family of Fred Bruney . He was a tremendous football player as everyone knows but also was an excellent catcher for the First American Legion Post 38 Base ball team in Martins Ferry in 1947 . May my ex- team mate Fred Bruney Rest in Peace .

D s

January 26, 2016

My sincere condolences. May the hope found in God's words out weigh the grief. 1Thes 4 : 13 & 14.

Scot Zimmerman

January 25, 2016

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


January 25, 2016

With deepest sympathies to the Bruney family.


January 25, 2016

My sincere sympathies to the Family. May God the Hearer of Prayer bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time-Psalm 145:18

January 25, 2016

God Bless you Coach. Thanks for all you did for me and my family. Another angel has returned to heaven.

Robert Moore

Chris Lee

January 25, 2016

My deepest sympathy for your loss. "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted."


January 25, 2016

My deepest sympathy to your family. May the God who gives hope fill you with peace. Romans 15:13

Judy Westlake McLaughlin

January 25, 2016

My heartfelt sympathy to the family. Used to ride back and forth to Ohio State with Fred and his friends. Wonderful guy always!

Judy Westlake McLaughlin
Dublin, OH