(INDIO) - Coaching icon Jim Mora, who won 125 NFL games and turned two long-time losing franchises - the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts - into perennial post-season contenders, has been named to the advisory board of Developmental Football International (DFI).
Only days after completing its inaugural season, DFI wasted little time in its quest to remain the standard of professional American developmental football by adding the veteran leadership of Mora to its executive staff.
In Mora's 11 seasons with the Saints, he won 55-percent of his games on a team that had never recorded a winning record prior to his arrival. His 93 wins in just over 10 years in New Orleans are three more than the Saints had won in their first 19 seasons combined. He remained the winningest coach in Saints history until current coach Sean Payton passed him in 2016.
As the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts for four seasons, Mora was part of the historic regime that made future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft.
Mora also coached the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League (USFL) during its three years of existence. He led the Stars to all three USFL title games, winning two.
Perhaps more than any other teams, the Saints teams of the late 1980s embodied his coaching style. Those teams were led by the "Dome Patrol" linebacking corps. This unit, consisting of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling, became known as one of the best four-man linebacking corps in NFL history.
After playing three years of service football in the United States Marine Corps, Mora began his coaching in 1960 as an assistant at Occidental College, his alma mater. He was named head coach three years later, which set in motion one of the more notable coaching careers in the history of the sport.
ABOUT DEVELOPMENTAL FOOTBALL INTERNATIONAL
'Above the Line' leadership development is a Chief Cornerstone of DFI, where becoming a "Game-Ready Player' also requires prospects to be a 'Life-Ready Man™.'
DFI is the first American developmental football organization engineered to cultivate the annual flow of 16,000 Division I, II, and III prospects. It is the first turn-key franchise platform to develop elite athletes who are attempting to thread a needle of opportunity in their personal and professional lives.
DFI refines and showcases player skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA's D-league and MLB's minor-league systems. DFI franchises share scalable brands, policies and procedures, verifiable data, and deliver measurable results.
The league plays by NFL rules, with NFL-style uniforms, and oversight from former NFL executives, coaches and players.