Paul Brown

Football Coach and Executive
Born Sep 7, 1908

Paul Eugene Brown was an American football coach in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. Brown was the first coach of the Cleveland Browns, a team named after him, and later played a role in founding the Cincinnati Bengals. His teams won seven league championships in a professional coaching career spanning 25 seasons.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on September 7, 1908.


1922 13 Years Old Brown entered Massillon Washington High School in 1922. … Read More
1924 15 Years Old But Massillon coach Dave Stewart saw Brown's determination to be a good vaulter despite his small size and brought him onto the football team; as a junior in 1924, he took over as the starting quarterback. … Read More
1925 16 Years Old Brown graduated in 1925 and enrolled at Ohio State University the following year, hoping to make the Buckeyes team. … Read More
1928 19 Years Old Under Coach Chester Pittser, Brown was named to the All-Ohio small-college second team by the Associated Press at the end of 1928. … Read More


1930 21 Years Old 1930 Severn School (Maryland) 7-0-0 State Champion 1931 Severn School (Maryland) 5-2-1 1932 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 5-4-1 1933 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 8-2-0 1934 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 9-1-0 1935 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 10-0-0 State & National Champion 1936 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 10-0-0 State & National Champion 1937 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 8-1-1 1938 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 10-0-0 State Champion 1939 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 10-0-0 State & National Champion 1940 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 10-0-0 State & National Champion
1931 22 Years Old In 1931, the year before Brown arrived, the Tigers finished with a 2–6-2 record. … Read More
1935 26 Years Old …  Between 1935 and 1940, the team won the state football championship six times and won the High School Football National Championship four times, outscoring opponents by 2,393 points to 168 over that span. … Read More
1936 27 Years Old …  As the Tigers' prestige grew, Brown in 1936 convinced the school to build a new stadium almost triple the size of the existing 7,000-seat facility.


1939 - 1940 2 More Events
1941 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He accepted in January 1941 and immediately began to institute his rigorous system. … Read More
…  He was then hired at Ohio State University and coached the school to its first national football championship in 1942.
1943 - 1944 2 More Events
…  As Brown was preparing for the 1945 Bluejackets season, Ward came on McBride's behalf to ask Brown if he wanted to coach the new team.
1946 37 Years Old 1 More Event
After a training camp at Bowling Green State University, the Browns played their first game in September 1946 at Cleveland Stadium. … Read More
1947 38 Years Old Cleveland won the AAFC championship again in 1947 behind an offensive attack that employed the forward pass more frequently and effectively than was typical at the time. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old The Browns won every game in the 1948 season, a feat that went unmatched until the Miami Dolphins (coached by Brown disciple Don Shula) did it in 1972. Cleveland then won the AAFC championship for the fourth time in a row in 1949. … Read More


After World War II, he became head coach of the Browns, who won four AAFC championships before joining the NFL in 1950.
1951 - 1956 4 More Events
1957 48 Years Old Paul Brown blamed the struggles on quarterback Milt Plum, whom the team had drafted in 1957, saying the Browns had "lost faith in Plum's ability to play under stress." … Read More
1958 49 Years Old The skepticism came to a head in a game against the Giants at the end of the 1958 season in which a win or tie would have given the Browns a spot in the championship game against Ewbank's Colts. … Read More


1959 50 Years Old The team finished second in its division in 1959 and 1960, even as Jim Brown racked up league-leading seasons in rushing. … Read More
1963 54 Years Old 1 More Event
As the rift between the players and Brown and between Modell and Brown grew, Modell fired Brown on January 7, 1963. … Read More
1967 58 Years Old …  Brown was elected in 1967 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. "I feel he's as fine a coach as the game ever has had", Otto Graham said at the induction ceremony. "I used to cuss him out and complain but now I'm happy that I played under him." … Read More
1968 59 Years Old …  In their first two seasons in 1968 and 1969, the Bengals fared poorly, but the team appeared to be on the upswing as Brown built up a core group of players through the draft, including quarterback Greg Cook. … Read More


1969 60 Years Old …  Following Katie's death of a heart attack in 1969, he married his former secretary Mary Rightsell in 1973.
1970 61 Years Old 1 More Event
The Bengals lost their first meeting with the Browns 30–27 in 1970, and Brown was booed when he did not come on the field to shake Collier's hand after the game. "I haven't shaken the other coach's hands after a game for years", Brown explained. " I went up to him before the game, and we did our socializing then." … Read More
1975 66 Years Old 1 More Event
He retired from coaching in 1975 but remained the Bengals' team president until his death in 1991. … Read More
1991 83 Years Old He died on August 5, 1991 at home of complications from pneumonia.
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