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Michael Scarry passes away

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Former Browns offensive lineman Michael “Mo” Scarry passed away Sunday at the age of 92.

Former Cleveland Browns center Michael “Mo” Scarry passed away Sunday in his hometown of Duquesne, Penn., at the age of 92.

Scarry was the last remaining member of the original 1946 Browns team at the time of his passing. He spent four seasons in Cleveland from 1944-47. His career started with the Cleveland Rams, for which he played in 20 games in two seasons, and continued with the Browns for two years after their founding in 1946.

Scarry’s teams went a combined 24-3-1 under the direction of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown. In championship games, the Browns defeated the New York Yankees, 14-9, in front of 40,469 fans on Dec. 22, 1946 and followed it up with a 14-3, road win over the Yankees on Dec. 14, 1947.

Scarry played at the start of the Browns’ run to five consecutive championships and seven titles in the first 10 years of the franchise.

An All-Pro with the Rams in 1945, Scarry was the only player to captain championship-winning teams in different leagues in back-to-back seasons.

When his playing days were completed, Scarry was a football and basketball coach at several colleges, including Cleveland’s Western Reserve University, which is now Case Western Reserve University and his alma mater, Waynesburg College.

Scarry became an NFL coach when he became the Washington Redskins’ defensive line coach in 1966. He later served as a scout for the San Francisco 49ers and coached with the Miami Dolphins for 16 seasons.

A member of the NAIA, the Western Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Sports Halls of Fame, Scarry was a football and basketball player at Waynesburg, but left school after he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II.

Born on Feb. 1, 1920, Scarry is survived by four sons, one daughter, two sisters, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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