Dick Modzelewski

Football Player and Coach
Born Feb 16, 1931

Richard Blair Modzelewski is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and the Cleveland Browns. He also served as interim head coach of the Browns in the final game of the 1977 season. Modzelewski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born on February 16, 1931.


1951 20 Years Old In a 1951 game against the University of North Carolina, Modzelewski paced a defense with 12 solo tackles, while the team held the Tar Heels to just 40 yards of offense. … Read More
1953 22 Years Old The Washington Redskins took notice of Modzelewski's accomplishments and drafted him in the second round of the 1953 NFL Draft, signing him on April 10.
1954 23 Years Old In his two years with the team, Modzelewski showed promise as a rookie, then began having conflicts with Redskins' coach Joe Kuharich in 1954. … Read More
1955 24 Years Old With Modzelewski unhappy, the Redskins traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 1, 1955, once again reuniting him with brother Ed, a fullback on the team. … Read More
1956 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 24, 1956, he was traded to the Detroit Lions, then was dealt three days later to the New York Giants. … Read More


1964 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 4, 1964, Modzelewski was traded to the Browns, in exchange for wide receiver Bobby Crespino. … Read More
1965 34 Years Old In his final two years as a player, the Browns again reached the title game in 1965, but fell short the following year. … Read More
1967 36 Years Old Modzelewski served as a scout for the Browns in 1967, then joined the team's on-field staff the following year as defensive line coach. After two solid years in which the team again reached the NFL Championship game, the Browns' fortunes declined over the next five years, with a then-team-worst 3-11 record in 1975 forcing head coach Forrest Gregg to make changes.


1976 45 Years Old On February 13, 1976, Modzelewski was promoted to defensive coordinator and the team responded with a six-game improvement. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old As 1978 began, new Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano quickly announced he was eliminating the defensive coordinator position, and offered Modzelewski the job of defensive line coach. … Read More
1979 48 Years Old 1 More Event
That position would last only one season after another wholesale coaching change, but he would resurface as defensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 under head coach Homer Rice.


1983 52 Years Old After a disappointing 1983 season, Gregg left to take over his dream job: head coach of the Green Bay Packers, then brought Modzelewski with him to again serve as defensive line coach.
1988 57 Years Old Modzelewski eventually served as the team's defensive coordinator, but after four frustrating years, Gregg resigned and Modzelewski landed with the Lions in 1988 as the defensive line tutor. … Read More


1993 62 Years Old …  Modzelewski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. … Read More
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