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Tommy James (Football Player)
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Football Player
    (September 16, 1923-February 7, 2007)
    Born in Canton, Ohio
    Attended Ohio State University
    Drafted 146th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1947 NFL Draft
    Defensive halfback for the Detroit Lions (1947), Cleveland Browns (AAFC and NFL) (1948-1955) and the Baltimore Colts (1953)
    Two-time AAFC Champion (1948-1949)
    Three-time NFL Champion (1950, 1954-1955)
    One Pro Bowl selection (1953)
    Oldest brother of college football coach Don James
    He shares his name with the frontman from Tommy James and the Shondells.
    He missed out on an arch-rival game between Michigan and Ohio State due to an injury (1942).
    He was part of three consecutive NFL Championship losing Browns teams (1951-1953).
    He didn't have much playing time in Detroit and Baltimore due to injuries.
    He helped his high school football team to an undefeated 1940 season with a state championship.
    He served in the Army in World War II.
    He played for coach Paul Brown in high school, college and the professional ranks.
    He was part of Ohio State's first college football national championship winning team (1942).
    He held the Browns season record for intercepted passes with 9 for over 25 years until Thom Darden broke it in the 1978 season.
    He was a sports salesman in the offseason.
    He had the ball for Lou Groza to kick the last minute field goal that helped the Browns win the 1950 NFL Championship.

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