Thursday, October 20, 2016

Otto Graham: Legendary Cleveland Brown


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The Cleveland Browns have earned a very solid reputation as one of the franchises which literally became one of the pillars of football. This is largely due to the fact that they have produced some extraordinary athletes in the sport. One of the best Cleveland Browns is Otto Graham.

In the 1940s, football was quite a young sport, which was dominated by speed. It did not evolve into a team-oriented competitiveness overnight. Graham is largely credited for almost singlehandedly turning football into a passing game. He had a very powerful arm which had a tremendous amount of accuracy, ensuring that the 1950s and later times saw that superb passing could make any team dominate the league.

For all the ten years he spent in Cleveland, the Browns made it to the finals, bagging the victory 7 times. Up to today, Otto Graham owns the record for having the highest winning percentage for any starting quarterback in the NFL.

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As a testament to his superior athleticism, Otto Graham is only one of 2 people in the world to have won championships in 2 out of the 4 major American sports. He also won a title with the National Basketball League (which would later on become the National Basketball Association), as a basketball player for the Rochester Royals.

Quite interestingly, he seems to have been gifted with other talents outside of athletics. Being born to parents who were musicians, he learned to play 4 musical instruments. When he was 16 years old, he was adjudged the French horn champion of Illinois.

In football, where he shined the most, his reputation was capped off with his inclusion in the National Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

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