Monday, July 31, 2017

The indomitable Paul Brown

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Paul Brown was not only the first coach of the Cleveland Browns, but he was also one of its founders. In fact, the team was named after him. He was as accomplished as any coach in history, winning seven league titles in a coaching career that lasted a quarter of a century.

Brown started coaching in 1931 at Severn School. He would later go on to coach his hometown team at Massillon Washington High School in Ohio. In an amazing statistic, Brown’s high school teams lost only 10 times in 11 years. Impressed by his record, Ohio State University recruited him to instant success. Brown led the school to its first ever national football title in 1942.

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When the second World War ended, Brown took on the mantle of head coach for the Cleveland Browns and steered them to four AAFC titles. This was before the team joined the NFL in 1950. The Cleveland Browns in the NFL would experience much success under Brown as they won three NFL championships in six years.

Brown’s parting with the team was bitter though. Amidst a power struggle with the team owner, Art Modell, Brown was fired. His next step was to become the founder and first head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. But that’s another story.

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