George Henry Sauer, Sr., was born 11 December 1910 in Sutton, Nebraska. His ancestral home is Norka. He was an All-American fullback for the University of Nebraska in 1933. He joined the Green Bay Packers team in 1934 and retired in 1936.
In 1938, he became head coach at the University of New Hampshire before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943-45. He coached at the University of Kansas during the 1946 and 1947 seasons and at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1948 and 1949. He then spent 6 years coaching at Baylor University where he retired from coaching in 1955 and continued as Athletic Director until 1960.
Sauer became the first General Manager of the New York Titans in 1961 when the American Football League. The Titans were reorganized and renamed in 1963 as the New York Jets. As director of player personnel (1962-1969), he drafted and signed his own son, George Sauer, Jr., as a wide receiver.
George H. Sauer, Sr., died 5 February 1994 in Waco, Texas. He had Alzheimer's Disease.
Obituary (New York Times, 9 February 1994, Section B, Page 7)