Friday, November 10, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, the immortal Lou Groza

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People called him “The Toe.” This was because Lou Groza could kick a football like nobody’s business. He was a pro football placekicker and offensive tackle. Groza spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns in the AAFC and NFL. During his retirement in 1967, he held the record for career kicking and points.

Many sports experts and historians are quick to mention Groza as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Cleveland Browns uniform. He helped the football franchise win eight league championships over the span of 21 seasons.

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Sports writers agree that it was Groza who revolutionized the role of placekicker. His feats on the field led to the development of place-kicking as a specialty. Before Groza came along, it was unheard of for a player to kick field goals farther from 50 yards. It was this special talent that helped the Browns capture the AAFC titles from 1946 to 1949. It was also Groza who was responsible for the Browns winning the first-ever NFL championship, kicking in a field goal in the last minute.

Groza would go on to win more titles with the Browns, and even garner individual awards for his contributions to the sport. Though he retired for a short period (from 1959 to 1961), he returned to finish his career with the Browns.

Hello! I’m Jonathan Bunge, a Cleveland Browns fan. For more on me and the stuff I love, follow me on Twitter.

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