Massillon in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Football Pioneer Paul E. Brown
Paul E. Brown, born September 7, 1908 in Norwalk, Ohio, and raised in Massillon, is a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame and was one of the greatest coaches in the history of football at all levels. From 1932 until 1940, he led Massillon High School to a record of 80-8-2. He coached Ohio State to the 1942 national collegiate championship, and joined the professional football ranks in 1946 as coach of the new franchise in Cleveland. He coached his namesake Cleveland Browns to seven league championships in 17 seasons.
In 1968, Paul Brown brought professional football to Cincinnati as founder of the Bengals, and as the team's coach until 1975. Known as pro football's greatest innovator, he invented the "draw play," introduced the use of facemasks on helmets, and was the first coach to call plays from the sidelines. He helped break the color barrier in modern American professional sports, featuring African-American players Marion Motley and Bill Willis on his 1946 Browns team, a year before Jackie Robinson's debut in major league baseball. Brown died in 1991 and is buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Massillon.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Massillon City Schools, Cincinnati Bengals and The Ohio Historical Society
Location. 40° 47.608′ N, 81° 30.043′ W. Marker is in Massillon, Ohio, in Stark County. Touch for map. Located at the main gate to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium at Massillon High School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Paul Brown Drive SE, Massillon OH 44646, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Young People's Christian Association (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lillian Gish (1893-1993) & Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Central Firehouse Fire Alarm Bell (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Little Steel Strike of 1937 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Private William R. Richardson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Robert Pinn (approx. 1.4 miles away); Nobles Pond (approx. 4.4 miles away); Spanish Mortar (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Massillon.
Also see . . . Paul E. Brown at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on February 8, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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