Cleveland Browns Frank Ryan last NFL championship QB (1964) admin | Cleveland Browns, Trending | November 11, 2015 10:01 am 18 Comments
Browns, Packers, Colts, Giants… There were some great teams in the 60s (and players: Jim Brown, Starr, Hornung, Warfield, Unitas, Orr, Tittle, et al) underappreciated group since the SUper Bowl starts in late 60s
What most football fans don't know is that Paul Brown was Vince Lombardi's coaching idol and PB traded to Lombardi 3/4 (WDavis,HJordan,BQuinlin) of his first 2 champion ship front fours. The trading of Davis is the most puzzling trade in NFL history. PB must have seen (as I & others saw) in Davis the 2nd coming of his great DE Lenny Ford (1st great modern pass rusher). It must have been the greatest result of hero worship or some kind of deal made to PB which may have allowed him to continue coaching and still contend without dominating AGAIN.
In late August, 1966, our Jr High School (aka Middle School now) football team was set to have a 'Meet the Team' program in the auditorium. It was a bright, sunny afternoon as some of us team members were out front near the front corner of the school. We were just talking, kidding, loitering around about 10 minutes before the program started when, it was I, that noticed some tall man dressed in a grey suit and tie walking towards us down the side of the building towards the sidewalk at the street's edge. The man, very nicely, said, "Say fellas…could you tell me how to get into this building?" We said sure, pointed towards the front walk approach to the school about 100' away and sent him on his way. He said, "Hey, thanks fellas!" We had NO clue who he was. After the program started, the team was sitting in the front rows of the seating and, just before we were going to be introduced individually, the master of ceremonies said, "Before we get started meeting the team, I want to introduce our special guest who'll be speaking tonight…QB of the Cleveland Browns…Frank Ryan!" You could have knocked us over with a feather…it was that same man who outside asked us how to get into the building!!! A couple of us almost broke our necks rubbernecking at each other within the ranks! What a gentleman, a thrill to see, and inspiring to which to listen. He was very, very charismatic…
Thanks for posting this. Frank Ryan was my hero as a kid.
Glory Days! 1964 -1966 The NFL had established it's Choice & prominence over MLB, This is Priceless! Great Clip! These are just a few of the unsung hero's, Legends who played their part & made this possible that sacrificed & laid the foundation & framework of what the NFL is today. Jim Brown, Paul Brown, Unitas, P. Warfield, Pete Rozelle, Frank Ryan etc to name a few….Thanks for posting Steven
How could the Colts have been overconfident when they were facing Paul Warfield and worse, Jim Brown? How could anyone be overconfident facing Jim Brown? In fact I'd say Frank Ryan, Gary Collins, Paul Warfield, and Jim Brown make up the best four players (as a team) ever. They seem unstoppable.
my first sports memory, as a 5 yr old in '64, was watching the browns beat the colts. i had no frame of reference as to how big an upset that was, i just knew that every time #13 threw a ball one of the guys in the white shirts caught it. thanks for posting this about one of the still unsung (undeservedly so) heroes in browns history.
lol the ref at 6:14
Just Cleveland's luck. They make it to the NFL Title Game in 64 & 65, and the following year the league starts with Super Bowls. If the Super Bowl had started 2 years earlier, the Browns would've been in the first 2 Super Bowls, with the only shutout in Super Bowl history (a 27-0 wipeout of the favored Colts). As fate would have it, the Browns have never made it to a Super Bowl. That's classic Cleveland.
That Browns teams was unique.Bill Glass went to Seminary in Texas.
And they ain't won ish since then lols.
"The Browns break the huddle. Collins flanked right, Warfield split left. Brown and Kelly split in the backfield. There's the snap… Ryan drops back, looks left, then right to a wide open Collins down the middle! There's the throw… CAUGHT! FOR ANOTHER CLEVELAND BROWNS TOUCHDOWN!"
Many folks considered Frank Ryan a genius.I will say that he applied himself more than he had to.People think that if one has a doctoral degree,that they're a genius.Some people have to work harder than others.God bless you,Dr.Frank Beall Ryan.
Cool, I was 7 in 64, and remember this game – it's the year I took to football and liking the Browns(although Family has Season Giant tickets since 57) – We Beat Johnny U — Now it's time to be Peyton M
Have to agree with Mark Scott: an unsung hero. Interesting that he credits Blanton Collier with "picking out the prettiest girl in the crowd" and then throwing the ball "at the chin" as part of his success as a passer. Much has been written of Collier ( most of it negative ) post-Brown, but its interesting to hear in this video of Ryan's emphasis on Collier as an innovator in this area.
Heard that before the '64 championship that the Colts and Browns both went to the same movie theater..would of loved to of been there.."Hey were going to kick your butts…"Yeah sure whatever..just show up".
Was born life-long Fighting Tiger of LSU in '57. '64 was 1st year remember watching NFL to follow beloved former-Tiger Packer legend Jim Taylor since hometown New Orleans had no NFL franchise yet! Discovered Taylor was only RB to win NFL Rushing Title over Jim Brown, so knew Brown must be great RB & started keeping track of him/Browns. '64 Championship vs Colts was 1st one ever watched, thinking Colts would win because of Johnny U, but Frank Ryan was like a surgeon carving up defense! Gary Collins & Paul Warfield were NFL's best WR tandem, though Raymond Berry was best receiver! '65 Packers-Browns was great pitting Jim Taylor against Jim Brown! If Ernie Davis hadn't died, '64 Browns would've had perhaps greatest RB trio of all-time with Brown-Davis-Kelly! Packers were best of NFL in '60's, but Browns & Colts weren't far behind! Visit: GodsRemedyForAmerica.yolasite.com