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1955 Cleveland Browns

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9-2-1, Finished 1st in NFL East Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 12.0, Offense: 9.4, Defense: 2.6, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 349 points (29.1/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 218 points (18.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 131 points (10.9/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 9.0-3.0.

Coach: Paul Brown (9-2-1)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio)


Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Otto Graham+ 34 9 12 98 for 185, 1,721 yards, 15 td, 8 int, & 68 rushes for 121 yards and 6 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 4th pick / 1944
FB Ed Modzelewski 26 3 0 185 rushes for 619 yards, 6 td, & 13 catches for 113 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1952
LH Ray Renfro 26 3 0 29 rushes for 90 yards, 0 td, & 29 catches for 603 yards and 8 td Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
RH Fred Morrison* 29 5 0 156 rushes for 824 yards, 3 td, & 9 catches for 185 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 10th pick / 1950
LE Pete Brewster* 25 3 12 34 catches for 622 yards, 6 td Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1952
LT Lou Groza*+ 31 9 0
LG Abe Gibron* 30 6 0 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
C Frank Gatski+ 36 9 0 1 fumble recovered
RG Harold Bradley 26 1 0 1 fumble recovered
RT Mike McCormack 25 4 0 1 fumble recovered New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
RE Dante Lavelli 32 9 0 31 catches for 492 yards, 4 td Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 103rd pick / 1947
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carlton Massey* 25 1 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 8th / 95th pick / 1953
DE Len Ford 29 7 0
LDT John Kissell 32 7 0 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 123rd pick / 1947
MG Bob Gain 26 3 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
RDT Don Colo* 30 5 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 28th pick / 1950
LLB Chuck Noll 23 2 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 20th / 239th pick / 1953
RLB Walt Michaels* 26 4 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
LDH Warren Lahr 32 6 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 32nd / 294th pick / 1947
RDH Don Paul 29 5 0 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
LS Ken Konz* 27 2 0 5 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1951
RS Johnny Petitbon 24 3 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Texans / 7th / 74th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Lou Groza*+ 31 9 0 11 of 22 field goals & 44 of 45 extra points
P Horace Gillom 34 8 0 58 punts for a 41.2 average, 3 blocked
PR Don Paul 29 5 0 19 punt returns for a 7.8 average and 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
KR Bob Smith 22 Rook 0 13 kick returns for a 24.6 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 15th / 181st pick / 1955

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
30 Maurice Bassett 24 12 0 230 6-1 Langston 4/26/1931 1 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 36th pick / 1954
60 Harold Bradley 26 RG 11 0 230 6-2 Iowa 10/13/1929 1
88 Pete Brewster* 25 LE 12 12 210 6-3 Purdue 9/1/1930 3 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1952
70 Don Colo* 30 RDT 12 0 252 6-3 Brown 1/5/1925 5 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 28th pick / 1950
46 Henry Ford 24 2 0 180 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/1/1931 Rook Cleveland Browns / 9th / 109th pick / 1955
80 Len Ford 29 DE 12 0 245 6-4 Morgan St.,Michigan 2/18/1926 7
62 Herschel Forester 24 12 0 230 6-0 SMU 4/14/1931 1 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 96th pick / 1952
79 Bob Gain 26 MG 11 0 256 6-3 Kentucky 6/21/1929 3 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
52 Frank Gatski+ 36 C 12 0 233 6-3 Marshall,Auburn 3/18/1919 9
64 Abe Gibron* 30 LG 12 0 243 5-11 Valparaiso,Purdue 9/22/1925 6 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
84 Horace Gillom 34 P 12 0 221 6-1 Ohio St.,Nevada 3/3/1921 8
14 Otto Graham+ 34 QB 12 12 196 6-1 Northwestern 12/6/1921 9 Detroit Lions / 1st / 4th pick / 1944
76 Lou Groza*+ 31 K 12 0 240 6-3 Ohio St. 1/25/1924 9
42 Tommy James 32 8 0 185 5-10 Ohio St. 9/16/1923 8 Detroit Lions / 17th / 146th pick / 1947
40 Dub Jones 31 12 0 202 6-4 Tulane,LSU 12/29/1924 9 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1946
Tom Jones 24 2 0 200 6-0 Kentucky St.,Miami (OH) 6/22/1931 Rook Cleveland Browns / 9th / 108th pick / 1954
72 John Kissell 32 LDT 12 0 245 6-3 Boston Col. 5/14/1923 7 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 123rd pick / 1947
22 Ken Konz* 27 LS 12 0 184 5-10 LSU 9/25/1928 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1951
24 Warren Lahr 32 LDH 12 0 189 5-11 Case Western Reserve 9/5/1923 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 32nd / 294th pick / 1947
86 Dante Lavelli 32 RE 12 0 191 6-0 Ohio St. 2/23/1923 9 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 103rd pick / 1947
82 Carlton Massey* 25 LDE 12 0 221 6-4 Southwestern (TX),Texas 1/17/1930 1 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 95th pick / 1953
74 Mike McCormack 25 RT 12 0 246 6-4 Kansas 6/21/1930 4 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
34 Walt Michaels* 26 RLB 12 0 231 6-0 Washington & Lee 10/16/1929 4 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
36 Ed Modzelewski 26 FB 12 0 217 6-0 Maryland 1/13/1929 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1952
32 Fred Morrison* 29 RH 12 0 215 6-2 Ohio St. 10/7/1926 5 Chicago Bears / 1st / 10th pick / 1950
65 Chuck Noll 23 LLB 12 0 220 6-1 Dayton 1/5/1932 2 Cleveland Browns / 20th / 239th pick / 1953
50 Sam Palumbo 23 9 0 226 6-2 Notre Dame 6/7/1932 Rook Cleveland Browns / 4th / 49th pick / 1955
20 Don Paul 29 PR 11 0 187 6-0 Washington St. 7/23/1926 5 Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
54 Pete Perini 27 6 0 225 6-0 Ohio St. 2/10/1928 1
44 Johnny Petitbon 24 RS 12 0 186 5-11 Notre Dame 6/4/1931 3 Dallas Texans / 7th / 74th pick / 1952
16 George Ratterman 29 10 0 192 6-0 Notre Dame 11/12/1926 8 Boston Yanks / 16th / 139th pick / 1948
26 Ray Renfro 26 LH 12 0 190 6-1 North Texas 11/7/1929 3 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
78 John Sandusky 30 12 0 251 6-1 Villanova 12/28/1925 5 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 18th pick / 1950
43 Bob Smith 22 KR 10 0 195 5-10 Nebraska 2/23/1933 Rook Cleveland Browns / 15th / 181st pick / 1955
83 Chuck Weber 25 11 0 229 6-1 West Chester 3/25/1930 Rook
46 Bob White 26 8 0 176 5-11 Stanford 5/25/1929 4 San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 184th pick / 1951
Team Total 27.7 12 215.8 6-1.0 4.2