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Paul Brown
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Football Coach
    (September 7, 1908-August 5, 1991)
    Born in Norwalk, Ohio
    Head coach for Ohio State (1941-43), Great Lakes Blue Jackets (1944-45), Cleveland Browns (1946-62) and Cincinnati Bengals
    Namesake for the Browns
    Won four AAFC Championships (1946-49) and three NFL Championships (1950, 1954-55)
    Three-time Sporting News Coach of the Year (1949, 1951, 1953)
    Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967)
    He turned down a chance at a Rhodes scholarship to coach at a prep school.
    He claimed that he did not want the Cleveland franchise named after him, but he vetoed the fans' top non-Browns choice, the Panthers. (Ostensibly on the grounds that an old team by that name had been a failure.)
    He tried to control his players to the extent of demanding that they not have sex after Tuesday during the football season.
    He was fired by Browns owner Art Modell for making trades without consulting Modell.
    He was so bitter about his firing that he refused to even attend Browns games as a spectator.
    Bill Walsh claimed that when he was Brown's assistant, Brown kept him in the dark about other teams' interest in hiring him as a head coach.
    He was the first head coach to win both a college and an NFL championship.
    His football innovations included psychological and IQ testing of players, grading game films, the reserve 'taxi squad,' and designing the draw play.
    He and Dan Reeves of the Rams re-integrated pro football after a 12-year period without any black players in the NFL.
    Jim Brown said about his approach, 'Paul Brown integrated pro football without uttering a single word about integration. He just went out, signed a bunch of great black athletes, and started kicking butt. That's how you do it.'
    Bill Walsh called him 'the father of the modern game of football' and 'probably the greatest teacher the game has ever seen.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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