This is the sixth installment of the ClevelandBrowns.com Mailbag, where we answer questions submitted by you, the fans.
Jamie Lee (Venice, Florida) said, “I have a 1955 Cleveland Browns football signed by the team and coach. Please send me any information you have about this team.
The 1955 Browns went 9-2-1 during the season and scored a league-leading 349 points behind the throwing of quarterback Otto Graham and running of Fred Morrison under Coach Paul Brown. They won the NFL Championship 38-14 at the Los Angeles Rams in front of 87,695 fans.
Graham completed 98-of-185 passes for 1,721 yards and 15 touchdowns against eight interceptions during the season. He finished the year with a 94.0 quarterback rating, while Morrison ran for 824 yards and three touchdowns on 156 attempts.
Brown, a Hall of Famer, started five players who were selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame following their careers; Graham, left tackle/kicker Lou Groza, center Frank “Gunner” Gatski, right tackle Mike McCormack and right end Dante Lavelli.
DeClan Nalced (Bratenahl, Ohio) asked are Browns quarterbacks Frank Ryan and Dave Mays the only people to play in the NFL with doctorates?
In addition to Ryan completing doctoral studies in mathematics at Rice University and Mays graduating from dental school at the University of Southern California, Charley Johnson, a former quarterback of the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers and Denver Broncos, and Blaine Nye of the Dallas Cowboys also earned advanced degrees.
Johnson, a Pro Bowler and member of the Broncos’ Ring of Fame, completed Master’s and doctoral work in chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis during his pro career. He is currently a professor at New Mexico State University.*
*Information from New Mexico State University website
Nye completed work toward a Master’s degree in physics in 1970 and later earned an MBA from Stanford. Following his playing career, Nye graduated from Stanford Business School with a Ph.D. in finance.
Mark Adickes, a former offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins, is an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2000 and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Adickes specializes in surgeries of the knee, hip and shoulder, including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), labral repairs, meniscus repairs and the rotator cuff.*
*Information on Adickes from the Memorial Hermann website
Current Browns linebacker
Jeff Fueger (Beavercreek, OH) asks, “In a 4-3 defensive scheme, what’s the most important factor -- rush from the middle or end in order to allow the Browns linebackers and defensive backs to be more effective?”
According to past interviews with players, the linebackers like having more players in front of them on the defensive line. Having those defensive linemen allow the linebackers to make more plays on the football.
Robert Thomas (Yukon, OK) wanted to know what a Cleveland Brown is?
According to the Browns’ media guide, “One myth is that the team was named after the popular boxing champion, Joe Louis, ‘The Brown Bomber.’ The truth according to several published reports is this:
“When owner Arthur McBride brought an AAFC team to Cleveland in 1945, he held a newspaper contest to name the team and offered a $1,000 war bond to the winner. Most of the entries submitted wanted the name ‘Browns’, because the extremely popular Paul Brown was the team’s head coach.
“Coach Brown thought it wouldn’t be proper to name the team after him and the entry ‘Panthers’ was selected. A few weeks later, a man approached McBride and said he owned a semi-pro team in the 1920s called the Cleveland Panthers and he still owned the rights to the name.
“McBride could have bought the man off, but Brown vetoed the idea. The coach didn’t want the new team to be associated with a losing franchise. Instead of holding a new contest, Brown reluctantly agreed to name the team ‘Browns.’ But, in sticking with his original ideas, Brown suggested publicly that since Louis was ‘The Brown Bomber,’ that was how the team got its name. Not a single entry in the contest listed Louis or his nickname as a reason for choosing ‘Browns.’”
Richard Patterson (Dover, OH) asked why the Browns don’t have an offensive coordinator listed on their coaches’ page?
The Browns have not listed an offensive coordinator for the 2011 season because when Pat Shurmur was hired as the head coach in January, he stated his intentions to handle the play-calling duties this fall.
John Hruska (Westlake, OH) asked if the Browns are planning a youth football camp during the summer of 2011 like they have done in past years.
Though registration details are still being developed, the Browns will hold their youth football camp from June 20-24 at the team’s Berea headquarters.
James in Cleveland said:
“We have no cheerleaders and no logo. We have had only minor uniform changes throughout. We’re ahead of the throwback trend. We continue to be the only professional team with no logo. Brown and orange, we’re no frills. Please keep it that way.”
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