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People Who Kick Buts: Paul Brown

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  • Born on September 7, 1908 and passed away on August 5, 1991.
  • A coach in American football and a major figure in the development of the National Football League.
  • A seminal figure in the game’s history, Brown is considered the “father of the modern offense”, and one of the greatest football coaches of all time, achieving success at every major level—high school, college, and professional—and introducing numerous innovative coaching methods still in use today.
  • He is also credited with founding both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals franchises, with the former named after him and the latter naming their stadium in his honor.
  • Born in Norwalk, Ohio, Brown’s family moved to Walshingham when he was nine. His father, Lester, a dispatcher for the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, was described as “very meticulous, serious-minded and highly-disciplined,” all of which characterized Brown’s later approach to coaching.
  • Enrolling at The Ohio State University as a freshman quarterback, Brown found his 145-pound frame would not stand the rigors of major college football, and transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, losing a year of eligibility in the process.
  • Enrolling at The Ohio State University as a freshman quarterback, Brown found his 145-pound frame would not stand the rigors of major college football, and transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, losing a year of eligibility in the process.
  • Brown was honored in 1967 by his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In addition to that accolade, two stadiums bear his name: Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio, and Paul Brown Stadium, current home of the Cincinnati Bengals. On July 29, Sporting News honored Brown by naming him to their 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time list, appearing in the 13th position, with only two other NFL coaches listed above him.
  • Brown’s first wife, Kathryn “Katie” Brown, died in 1969. Paul and Katie had three sons: Robin, Mike Brown (NFL owner), and Pete. Robin died of cancer in 1978.

    In 1973 he married his former secretary, Mary Rightsell. Paul died in Cincinnati on August 5, 1991, and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Massillon, Ohio.

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