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1956 Cleveland Browns

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.4, Offense: -6.8, Defense: 4.5, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 167 points (13.9/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 177 points (14.8/g), 1st.
 Differential of -10 points (-0.8/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-6.4.

Coach: Paul Brown (5-7-0)

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Tommy O'Connell 26 3 5 42 for 96, 551 yards, 4 td, 8 int, & 24 rushes for 40 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 18th / 212th pick / 1952
FB Ed Modzelewski 27 4 0 107 rushes for 431 yards, 2 td, & 10 catches for 27 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1952
LH Ray Renfro 27 4 0 4 rushes for 24 yards, 0 td, & 17 catches for 325 yards and 4 td Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
RH Preston Carpenter 22 Rook 0 188 rushes for 756 yards, 0 td, & 16 catches for 124 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
LE Pete Brewster* 26 4 12 28 catches for 417 yards, 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1952
LT Lou Groza 32 10 0
LG Abe Gibron 31 7 0 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
C Frank Gatski* 37 10 0 1 fumble recovered
RG Harold Bradley 27 2 0
RT Mike McCormack* 26 5 0 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
RE Dante Lavelli 33 10 0 20 catches for 344 yards, 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 103rd pick / 1947
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carlton Massey 26 2 0 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 95th pick / 1953
LDT John Kissell 33 8 0 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 123rd pick / 1947
RDT Don Colo 31 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 28th pick / 1950
RDE Len Ford 30 8 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
LLB Chuck Noll 24 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 20th / 239th pick / 1953
MLB Walt Michaels* 27 5 0 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
RLB Galen Fiss 25 Rook 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 13th / 155th pick / 1953
LDH Warren Lahr 33 7 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 32nd / 294th pick / 1947
RDH Don Paul* 30 6 0 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
LS Ken Konz 28 3 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1951
RS Johnny Petitbon 25 4 0 Dallas Texans / 7th / 74th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Lou Groza 32 10 0 11 of 20 field goals & 18 of 18 extra points
P Fred Morrison 30 6 0 38 punts for a 41.1 average, 0 blocked Chicago Bears / 1st / 10th pick / 1950
PR Don Paul* 30 6 0 17 punt returns for a 6.1 average and 0 td Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
KR Preston Carpenter 22 Rook 0 15 kick returns for a 25.4 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
30 Maurice Bassett 25 12 0 230 6-1 Langston 4/26/1931 2 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 36th pick / 1954
60 Harold Bradley 27 RG 12 0 230 6-2 Iowa 10/13/1929 2
88 Pete Brewster* 26 LE 12 12 210 6-3 Purdue 9/1/1930 4 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1952
40 Preston Carpenter 22 KR 12 0 190 6-2 Arkansas 1/24/1934 Rook Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
70 Don Colo 31 RDT 12 0 252 6-3 Brown 1/5/1925 6 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 28th pick / 1950
35 Galen Fiss 25 RLB 12 0 227 6-0 Kansas 7/30/1931 Rook Cleveland Browns / 13th / 155th pick / 1953
80 Len Ford 30 RDE 12 0 245 6-4 Morgan St.,Michigan 2/18/1926 8
62 Herschel Forester 25 12 0 230 6-0 SMU 4/14/1931 2 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 96th pick / 1952
79 Bob Gain 27 12 0 256 6-3 Kentucky 6/21/1929 4 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
52 Frank Gatski* 37 C 12 0 233 6-3 Marshall,Auburn 3/18/1919 10
64 Abe Gibron 31 LG 7 0 243 5-11 Valparaiso,Purdue 9/22/1925 7 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
84 Horace Gillom 35 5 0 221 6-1 Ohio St.,Nevada-Reno 3/3/1921 9
64 Donald Goss 23 6 0 260 6-5 SMU 5/19/1933 Rook Cleveland Browns / 10th / 119th pick / 1954
76 Lou Groza 32 K 12 0 240 6-3 Ohio St. 1/25/1924 10
78 Art Hunter 23 8 0 245 6-4 Notre Dame 4/24/1933 2 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1954
36 Billy Kinard 23 7 0 189 6-0 Mississippi 12/16/1933 Rook Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 25th pick / 1956
72 John Kissell 33 LDT 12 0 245 6-3 Boston Col. 5/14/1923 8 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 123rd pick / 1947
22 Ken Konz 28 LS 12 0 184 5-10 LSU 9/25/1928 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1951
24 Warren Lahr 33 LDH 12 0 189 5-11 Case Western Reserve 9/5/1923 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 32nd / 294th pick / 1947
86 Dante Lavelli 33 RE 11 0 191 6-0 Ohio St. 2/23/1923 10 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 103rd pick / 1947
69 John Macerelli 26 12 0 230 6-2 St. Vincent 11/2/1930 Rook
82 Carlton Massey 26 LDE 12 0 221 6-4 Southwestern (TX),Texas 1/17/1930 2 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 95th pick / 1953
74 Mike McCormack* 26 RT 12 0 246 6-4 Kansas 6/21/1930 5 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
34 Walt Michaels* 27 MLB 12 0 231 6-0 Washington & Lee 10/16/1929 5 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
36 Ed Modzelewski 27 FB 8 0 217 6-0 Maryland 1/13/1929 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1952
32 Fred Morrison 30 12 0 215 6-2 Ohio St. 10/7/1926 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 10th pick / 1950
65 Chuck Noll 24 LLB 12 0 220 6-1 Dayton 1/5/1932 3 Cleveland Browns / 20th / 239th pick / 1953
15 Tommy O'Connell 26 QB 7 5 187 5-11 Notre Dame,Illinois 9/26/1930 3 Chicago Bears / 18th / 212th pick / 1952
54 Sam Palumbo 24 12 0 226 6-2 Notre Dame 6/7/1932 1 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 49th pick / 1955
18 Babe Parilli 26 qb 5 3 196 6-1 Kentucky 5/7/1930 4 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 4th pick / 1952
20 Don Paul* 30 PR 12 0 187 6-0 Washington St. 7/23/1926 6 Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
44 Johnny Petitbon 25 RS 12 0 186 5-11 Notre Dame 6/4/1931 4 Dallas Texans / 7th / 74th pick / 1952
43 Skeets Quinlan 28 6 0 173 5-11 TCU,San Diego St. 6/22/1928 4 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 49th pick / 1952
16 George Ratterman 30 qb 4 4 192 6-0 Notre Dame 11/12/1926 9 Boston Yanks / 16th / 139th pick / 1948
26 Ray Renfro 27 LH 12 0 190 6-1 North Texas 11/7/1929 4 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
43 Bob Smith 23 2 0 195 5-10 Nebraska 2/23/1933 1 Cleveland Browns / 15th / 181st pick / 1955
84 Jim Ray Smith 24 6 0 241 6-3 Baylor 2/27/1932 Rook Cleveland Browns / 6th / 64th pick / 1954
83 Chuck Weber 26 4 0 229 6-1 West Chester 3/25/1930 1
42 Junior Wren 27 12 0 192 6-0 Missouri 12/10/1929 Rook Cleveland Browns / 24th / 288th pick / 1952
Team Total 27.5 12 217.5 6-1.3 4.0