Tom Pratt has 34 years of NFL coaching experience and joins the Cardinals after spending the past three years working at IMG Academies as a defensive line consultant.
Tom Pratt has 34 years of NFL coaching experience and joins the Cardinals after spending the past three years working at IMG Academies as a defensive line consultant. He entered the professional coaching ranks in 1963 when he joined the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs as defensive line coach. As a member of Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram’s staff, Pratt helped the Chiefs win AFL championships in 1966 and 1969 when they went on to appear in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl IV. Pratt’s defensive line featured Hall of Famer Buck Buchanan and a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class, Curley Culp. Pratt stayed with the Chiefs through 1977, and then coached the Saints (1978-80) and Browns (1981-88) before returning to the Chiefs from 1989-94 where he coached Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas and Pro Bowlers Neil Smith and Dan Saleaumua. He coached in Tampa Bay for one season (1995) and last coached in the NFL in 2000, when he returned for a third stint with the Chiefs as assistant defensive line coach. Pratt played college football at Miami from 1953-56, and then stayed at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1957-60 before moving on to Southern Mississippi for the next two years.