Paul Brown
American football coach and executive
Paul Brown
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.
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Catching up with Paul Brown from 'Auction Kings' (exclusive interview & photos) - Examiner.com
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I recently had the opportunity to visit Gallery 63 and meet iwith owner Paul, Brown, office manager Cindy Shook, picker Jon Hammond, and repairman Delfino Ramos. We last met during season one, so I wanted to catch up and discover what's new and
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Book Excerpt: Marv Levy's 'Between the Lies' - Chicago Sun-Times
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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 25: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Paul Brown Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Whitworth in fold through '15 as LT - Bengals.com
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“To be working on my third contract going into my sixth year tells me they appreciate what I've done as one of the leaders of this team,” he said after inking the deal at Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday afternoon. “There's no doubt we can win here with
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BROWN: Tea Party, GOP can't co-exist - Paradise Post
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Last week former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the Republican presidential candidates should stop questioning President Obama's motives as it turns off many voters, especially independents. Bush continued that attacking Obama or the
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Notes: Dalton shines in 2 minutes; Green celebrates with a smile - Bengals.com
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The Paul Brown Stadium footlights officially belong to AJ Green now and they don't exactly have the same shade that shone on Chad Ochocinco for a decade. Green grabbed his first NFL touchdown pass in the 24-13 preseason win over the ... - -
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Many Ways to Play Re: ''Child's Play, Grown-Up Cash'' (July 21). I don't get it. What is the point of having a playhouse with a television, DVD player, refrigerator stocked with Popsicles, air-conditioning and more? Isn't that just like your real house? Why not do all of those things in your living room and save the backyard playhouse for all of
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Airport Experience Now Includes Shopping for the Whole Family
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After visits to malls plummeted during the recession -- and have yet to bounce back -- many mass-market retailers stepped up their search for other locations to lure shoppers. Places where people might be bored. And unable to leave. One time-tested answer: airports. While luxury stores set up shops in airports long ago to attract duty-free
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Macy's Music Fest is this weekend - FOX19
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) – Paul Brown Stadium will be full of smooth and soulful R&B for the next two days when the Macy's Music Fest takes the field. For nearly 50 years the two day festival has rocked the queen city with smooth
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Brown named to NY council - Tonawanda News
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By Neale Gulley The Tonawanda News — — North Tonawanda resident Paul Brown was tapped Monday as the lone labor leader appointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new economic development team in Western New York. The Lumber City resident is president of the
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Andre The Not So Giant - Bengals.com
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Andre Smith not only looked like a new man when he showed up at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday, he sounded like one, too. At 338 pounds, his lowest as a Bengal, Smith vowed to be 335 pounds when he reports to Georgetown College on Friday
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Bengals honor Klonne with Paul Brown coaching award - Cincinnati.com (blog)
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Klonne's most recent hardware came from the Cincinnati Bengals, who honored the legendary coach with the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding coach in the region, according to a Bengals' press release
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 82
    He died on August 5, 1991 at home of complications from pneumonia.
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  • 1975
    Age 66
    Four days after the Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs in 1975, Brown announced he was retiring after 45 years of coaching.
    More Details Hide Details The game had changed dramatically during his time in the NFL, growing from America's second sport to the country's biggest and most lucrative pastime. Brown was 67 years old. Walsh was passed over in favor of Bill "Tiger" Johnson for the head coaching job when Brown retired. In a 2006 interview, Walsh said Brown worked against his candidacy to be a head coach anywhere in the league. "All the way through I had opportunities, and I never knew about them", Walsh said. "And then when I left him, he called whoever he thought was necessary to keep me out of the NFL." Brown stayed on as team president following his retirement, and the Bengals later made two trips to the Super Bowl, losing both games to Walsh and the 49ers. He rarely appeared in public, however.
    He retired from coaching in 1975 but remained the Bengals' team president until his death in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The Bengals named their home stadium Paul Brown Stadium in honor of Brown. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Brown is credited with a number of American football innovations. He was the first coach to use game film to scout opponents, hire a full-time staff of assistants, and test players on their knowledge of a playbook. He invented the modern face mask, the taxi squad and the draw play. He also played a role in breaking professional football's color barrier, bringing some of the first African-Americans to play pro football in the modern era onto his teams. Despite these accomplishments, Brown was not universally liked. He was strict and controlling, which often brought him into conflict with players who wanted a greater say in play-calling. These disputes, combined with Brown's failure to consult Modell on major personnel decisions, led to his firing as the Browns' coach in 1963.
  • 1970
    Age 61
    In his years as the Bengals' head coach, Brown took the team to the playoffs three times, including in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Yet despite finding a franchise quarterback in Ken Anderson, Brown's team never got past the first round of the postseason tournament.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details But the Bengals came back to beat the Browns later in the season. Brown called it "my greatest victory."
  • 1969
    Age 60
    Following Katie's death of a heart attack in 1969, he married his former secretary Mary Rightsell in 1973.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1968
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Bengals entered the NFL in 1970 as a result of the AFL–NFL merger, and were placed in the newly formed American Football Conference alongside the Browns. A career-ending injury to Cook before the 1970 season forced the Bengals to rely on Virgil Carter, an emergency backup who could make accurate short passes but could not heave the ball like Cook once could. So Brown and Walsh went to work designing an offense around Carter's limitations, a scheme that was the genesis of the West Coast offense Walsh later used to great effect when he became coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
  • 1967
    Age 58
    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."
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Sporting News named Brown as the 12th greatest coach of all time; only two other NFL coaches were listed above him. Although Brown coached dozens of successful teams at the high school, college and professional levels, his controlling personality and sharp criticisms made him unpopular with many players. Brown was a methodical and disciplined coach who tolerated no deviation from his system.
  • 1963
    Age 54
    Ultimately, the relationship between coach and owner was never repaired, and Ernie Davis never played in a professional game, dying on May 18, 1963.
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    As the rift between the players and Brown and between Modell and Brown grew, Modell fired Brown on January 7, 1963.
    More Details Hide Details A controversy developed over the timing of the decision amid a local newspaper strike, which limited discussion of the move. A printing company executive, however, got together a group of sportswriters and published a 32-page magazine fielding players' views on the firing. Opinions were mixed; Modell came in for his share of criticism, but tackle and team captain Mike McCormack said he did not think the team could win under Brown. Blanton Collier, Brown's longtime assistant, was named the team's new head coach, and Brown began to plan his next move as he continued to receive an $82,500 salary under his eight-year contract. In exile after more than 30 years of coaching, Brown spent the next five years away from the sidelines, never once attending a Browns contest. While he was secure financially, Brown's frustration grew with each passing year. "It was terrible", he later recalled. "I had everything a man could want: leisure, enough money, a wonderful family. Yet with all that, I was eating my heart out." Because Brown was still receiving his annual salary and liked to golf, it was said that the only two people who made more money playing golf were Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
  • 1959
    Age 50
    The team finished second in its division in 1959 and 1960, even as Jim Brown racked up league-leading seasons in rushing.
    More Details Hide Details Modell, who was 35 years old at the time, bought out Brown's 15% stake in the team for $500,000 and gave Brown a new eight-year contract. He said he and Brown would have a "working partnership", and began to play a more direct role than previous owners in the team's operation. This angered Brown, who was used to having a free hand in football matters. Modell, who was single and only a few years older than most players, started to listen to their concerns about the coach. He became particularly close to Jim Brown, calling him "my senior partner". Modell sat in the press box during games and could be overheard second-guessing Paul Brown's play-calling, which drove a deeper wedge between the two men. At that time, Brown was the only coach who insisted on calling every offensive play. When Plum openly questioned Paul Brown's absolute control over play-calling, he was traded to Detroit.
  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the third quarter, the Browns drove to New York's 16-yard line with a 10–3 lead and lined up for a field goal. But Coach Brown called a timeout before Groza could make the try, which alerted the Giants to a possible fake kick. Brown indeed called a fake, and the holder stumbled as he got up to throw, ruining the play. The Giants came back to win the game by a field goal and reach the championship, while the Browns went home without a spot in the title game for the second year in a row.
  • 1957
    Age 48
    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."
    More Details Hide Details But the players were instead losing faith in Coach Brown and his autocratic style. Jim Brown started a weekly radio show, which Paul Brown did not like; it undercut his control over the team and its message. But the coach found it hard to question Jim Brown given his feats on the field, and the tension between the two men grew.
  • 1956
    Age 47
    With Graham gone and the quarterback situation in flux, the Browns ended 1956 with a 5–7 record, Paul Brown's first losing season as a professional coach.
    More Details Hide Details In the next year's draft, the team selected Jim Brown out of Syracuse University. As television began to help football leapfrog baseball as America's most popular sport, Jim Brown became a larger-than-life personality. He was handsome and charismatic in private and dominant on the field. Paul Brown, however, was critical of some aspects of Jim Brown's game, including his disinclination to block. In Jim Brown's first season, the team reached the championship game, again against the Lions, but lost 59–14. The Browns did not contend for the championship in the following two years, when a Baltimore Colts team coached by Brown's former protege Weeb Ewbank won a pair of titles. As Jim Brown's star rose, players began to question Paul Brown's leadership and play-calling in the late 1950s.
  • 1954
    Age 45
    But the team won the championship in 1954 in a rematch against the Lions, and Brown convinced Graham to come back. Cleveland finished 1955 with a 9–2–1 record, reaching the championship game again.
    More Details Hide Details The Browns beat the Rams for their second straight championship, and Graham retired after the season.
  • 1953
    Age 44
    Graham announced in 1953 that the following season would be his last.
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  • 1951
    Age 42
    He interviewed with the university's athletic board on January 27, 1951, but the board unanimously rejected Brown in favor of Woody Hayes, who was unanimously endorsed by the board of trustees. The Browns reached the championship each of the next three years, but lost all of those games. In both 1952 and 1953, Cleveland lost championships to the Detroit Lions, who were then on the rise after decades of mediocrity.
    More Details Hide Details While Brown was upset that McBride did not consult him about the deal, the new owners said they would stay out of the picture and let Brown run the team. Brown saw this as a crucial issue: he felt he needed full control over personnel decisions and coaching to make his system work.
  • 1950
    Age 41
    The Browns' first game in the NFL in 1950 was against the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details They won the game 35–10, the first of 10 victories that year. After beating the New York Giants in a playoff game, the Browns went on to win the championship game against the Los Angeles Rams on a last-minute field goal by Groza. "The flag of the late lamented AAFC flies high, and Paul Brown has the last laugh", the Plain Dealers editorial page proclaimed. Brown said his was "the greatest football team a coach ever had, and there was never a game like this one." In 16 seasons, Brown had led his teams to 12 championships. He was the first head coach to win both a college and NFL championship, a feat not repeated until Jimmy Johnson and later Barry Switzer did it with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s, and Pete Carroll who accomplished the feat with USC in 2004 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2013.
    Brown coached the Browns to three NFL championships – in 1950, 1954 and 1955 – but was fired in January 1963 amid a power struggle with team owner Art Modell.
    More Details Hide Details Brown in 1968 co-founded and was the first coach of the Bengals.
    After World War II, he became head coach of the Browns, who won four AAFC championships before joining the NFL in 1950.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1948
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By then, however, the league was struggling for survival, due in part to the Browns' dominance. Attendance at games dwindled in 1948 and 1949 as fans lost interest in lopsided victories, and at the end of the 1949 season the AAFC dissolved. Three of its teams, the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Colts and the Browns, merged into the NFL. The Browns picked up a few good former AAFC players from other teams, including offensive guard Abe Gibron and defensive end Len Ford, but some observers saw Brown's team as the lone standout in an otherwise minor league.
  • 1947
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Browns' offensive success was driven by Brown's version of the T formation, which was gradually replacing the single-wing formation as football's most popular and effective scheme.
  • 1946
    Age 37
    Brown was so annoyed by the union that he had a 1946 team photo in his office touched up to remove Miller.
    More Details Hide Details Brown's acrimonious departure from Cleveland was another source of criticism. His teams' winning ways had helped obscure his harsh methods and need for control, but Modell's active involvement in the team exposed them. Despite that Modell owned the team, Brown refused to cede any authority or be diplomatic in his relationship with Modell. Modell felt Brown was unwilling to adapt to the way football was played in the early 1960s. Many players from that time agreed. "Paul didn't adjust to the changes in the game", former Browns cornerback Bernie Parrish said in 1997. "By 1962, he was more worried about protecting his reputation as the Greatest Coach Who Ever Lived than he was about winning a title.... By the end of the 1962 season, a lot of us wanted to be traded because we were convinced that we'd never win a title with Paul Brown – and we never believed Paul Brown was going anywhere." After his firing, Brown held a grudge against Modell for the rest of his life. He never forgave Collier for taking over as coach when he left, even though Collier had asked for and received his blessing.
    After a training camp at Bowling Green State University, the Browns played their first game in September 1946 at Cleveland Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details A crowd of 60,135 people showed up to see the Browns beat the Miami Seahawks 44–0, then a record attendance mark for professional football. That touched off a string of wins; the team ended the season with a 12–2 record and the top spot in the AAFC's western division. The Browns then beat the AAFC's New York Yankees in the championship.
  • 1945
    Age 36
    The name of the team was at first left up to Brown, who rejected calls for it to be christened the Browns. McBride then held a contest to name the team in May 1945; "Cleveland Panthers" was the winning choice, but Brown rejected it because it was the name of an earlier failed football team. "That old Panthers team failed", Brown said. "I want no part of that name."
    More Details Hide Details In August, McBride gave in to popular demand and christened the team the Browns, despite Paul Brown's objections. With the roster fixed and the team's name chosen, Brown set out to build a dynasty. "I want to be what the New York Yankees are in baseball or Ben Hogan is in golf", he said.
    The AAFC did not start play until after the war, however, and Brown continued to get ready for the 1945 season at Great Lakes.
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    On February 8, 1945, Brown accepted the job, saying he was sad to leave Ohio State, but he "couldn't turn down this deal in fairness to my family."
    More Details Hide Details Brown was still Ohio State's head coach in absentia, and the decision surprised and outraged school officials who expected him to return after the war.
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 35
    Brown was classified 1-A in 1944 and commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
    More Details Hide Details He served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station outside Chicago as head coach of its Bluejacket football team, which competed against other service teams and college programs. The station was a waypoint for Navy recruits between training and active service in World War II, but its commanders took athletics seriously and saw winning as a morale-booster and a point of personal pride. Brown could have been called up for active duty – Tony Hinkle, his predecessor, was already serving in the Pacific – but the war began to wind down as Brown arrived. Brown had little time to institute his system, and instead adopted Hinkle's offensive scheme, borrowed from the Chicago Bears. He had a smattering of talented players, including defensive end George Young and halfback Ara Parseghian. In 1944, the team lost to Ohio State and Notre Dame, but finished with a 9–2–1 record and was among the top 20 teams in the AP Poll.
  • 1943
    Age 34
    The 1943 season was a disaster for Brown and the Buckeyes.
    More Details Hide Details Depleted by the military draft and facing tough competition from teams on Army and Navy bases, Brown was forced to play 17-year-old recruits who had not yet enlisted. The Ohio State had affiliated itself with the Army Specialized Training Program, which did not allow its trainees to participate in varsity sports, while schools such as Michigan and Purdue became part of the Navy's V-12 training program, which did. The Buckeyes ended with a 3–6 record. In three seasons at The Ohio State, Brown amassed an 18–8–1 record.
  • 1942
    Age 33
    Receiver Dante Lavelli was a sophomore on Ohio State's championship-winning team in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Bill Willis, a defensive lineman who Brown coached at Ohio State, and Marion Motley, a running back who grew up in Canton and played for Brown at Great Lakes, became two of the first black athletes to play professional football when they joined the team in 1946. Other signings included receiver Mac Speedie, center Frank Gatski and back Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones. Brown brought in assistants including Blanton Collier, who had been stationed at Great Lakes and met Brown at Bluejackets practices.
    The 1942 team was the first composed mainly of players hand-picked by Brown, including Bill Willis, Dante Lavelli and star halfback Les Horvath.
    More Details Hide Details In the middle of the season, the Buckeyes lost to the University of Wisconsin after numerous players drank bad water and got sick. That was the team's only loss of the season, which culminated with a 21–7 victory over Michigan. The Buckeyes won the Western Conference and claimed their first-ever national title after finishing the season at the top of the AP Poll.
    He was then hired at Ohio State University and coached the school to its first national football championship in 1942.
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  • 1941
    Age 32
    Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 threatened to derail the 1942 season, but most college teams played on, adjusting schedules to include military teams composed of players serving in the military.
    More Details Hide Details The Buckeyes opened the season by beating a Fort Knox team 59–0, followed by two more wins against Southern California and Indiana University. In the first AP Poll of the season, The Ohio State was ranked best in the nation, the first time the school had achieved that mark.
    He accepted in January 1941 and immediately began to institute his rigorous system.
    More Details Hide Details Players were drilled and quizzed, and Brown focused on preparing the freshmen to take starting roles as graduating seniors left. He conditioned his players to emphasize quickness, adopting the 40-yard dash as a measure of speed because that was the distance players needed to run to cover a punt. Brown's first year at The Ohio State was a success. The Buckeyes won all but one of eight games in 1941; the only loss was to Northwestern University and its star tailback, Otto Graham. The final game of the season was a 20–20 tie with Michigan, which the school's supporters saw as a good outcome given that The Ohio State was a heavy underdog. The Buckeyes tied for second place in the Western Conference, a grouping of college teams from the Midwestern United States (now known as the Big Ten), and finished 13th in the AP Poll. Brown was fourth in balloting for national Coach of the Year.
  • 1940
    Age 31
    The pinnacle of Brown's career at Massillon was a victory in the 1940 season against Toledo's Waite High School. The Tigers and Waite both went undefeated in the 1939 season, and both claimed the state championship.
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  • 1939
    Age 30
    The stadium was finished in 1939, and is now named after Brown.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1935
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the early losses to Canton, the Tigers beat the Bulldogs six straight times. Brown's success at Massillon raised his profile in Ohio considerably; people started calling him the "Miracle Man of Massillon." When The Ohio State was looking for a new coach in 1940 – Francis Schmidt left after losing to the rival Michigan Wolverines three times in a row – Brown was a candidate for the job. The Ohio State officials were skeptical about the 33-year-old making the transition to college football but were worried that they might lose talented high school recruits loyal to Brown if they did not sign him.
  • 1931
    Age 22
    In 1931, the year before Brown arrived, the Tigers finished with a 2–6-2 record.
    More Details Hide Details Brown's strategy was to build up a disciplined, hard-working team. He fired an assistant early on for arriving at a practice late because he had to work on his farm. No Tigers player was allowed to sit on the bench during a game; Brown made them stand. At Massillon, Brown put in an offense and blocking scheme he learned from Duke's Jimmy DeHart and Purdue's Noble Kizer. He emphasized quickness over strength. In his first season at Massillon, Brown's team posted a 5–4–1 record, better than the previous year but far from Brown's exacting standards. The Tigers improved again in 1933, ending with an 8–2 record but losing to their chief rivals, the Canton McKinley High School Bulldogs. In 1934, Massillon won all of its games until a 21–6 defeat to Canton in the final game of the season. As the pressure on Brown grew to turn the tables on Canton, Massillon finally accomplished the feat the following year in an undefeated season, the first of several with Brown at the helm.
  • 1930
    Age 21
    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
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1928
    Age 19
    Under Coach Chester Pittser, Brown was named to the All-Ohio small-college second team by the Associated Press at the end of 1928.
    More Details Hide Details In two seasons at Miami, Brown guided the team to a 14–3 record. He married his high school sweetheart Katie Kester the following year. Brown had taken pre-law at Miami and considered studying history on a Rhodes Scholarship, but after college he instead took his first job as a coach. On Stewart's recommendation, Severn School, a private prep school in Maryland, hired him in 1930. Brown spent two successful years at Severn. The team was undefeated in his first season and won the Maryland state championship. In 1931, the team's win-loss-tie record was 5–2–1. Brown's overall record was 12–2–1. After his second year, Massillon's head coaching job became available, and Brown took the position. Brown returned to Massillon in 1932, when he was 24 years old and barely two years out of college. His assignment was to turn around a Tigers team that had fallen into mediocrity over the six seasons since the departure of Stewart, Brown's old coach.
  • 1925
    Age 16
    Brown graduated in 1925 and enrolled at Ohio State University the following year, hoping to make the Buckeyes team.
    More Details Hide Details He never got past the tryout phase. After his freshman year, he transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he followed Weeb Ewbank as the school's starting quarterback.
  • 1924
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Massillon posted a win-loss record of 15–3 in Brown's junior and senior years as the starter.
  • 1922
    Age 13
    Brown entered Massillon Washington High School in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details Although he played football as a child, Brown was undersized for the game at less than 150 pounds and at first focused his athletic energies on the pole vault. Harry Stuhldreher, who went on to be one of Notre Dame's legendary Four Horsemen, was then the high school quarterback.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on September 7, 1908.
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