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1959 Cleveland Browns

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7-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.0, Offense: -0.2, Defense: 3.3, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (22.5/g), 3rd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 214 points (17.8/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 56 points (4.7/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 7.6-4.4.

Coach: Paul Brown (7-5-0)

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 Milt Plum 24 2 12 156 for 266, 1,992 yards, 14 td, 8 int, & 21 rushes for 20 yards and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
FB Jim Brown*+ 23 2 12 290 rushes for 1,329 yards, 14 td, & 24 catches for 190 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 6th pick / 1957
LH Bobby Mitchell 24 1 0 131 rushes for 743 yards, 5 td, & 35 catches for 351 yards and 4 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958
RH Ray Renfro 30 7 0 0 rushes for 0 yards, 0 td, & 30 catches for 528 yards and 6 td Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
LE Preston Carpenter 25 3 0 24 catches for 372 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 4 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
LT Lou Groza* 35 13 0
LG Jim Ray Smith*+ 27 3 0 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 64th pick / 1954
C Art Hunter* 26 5 0 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1954
RG Gene Hickerson 24 1 0 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 78th pick / 1957
RT Mike McCormack 29 8 0 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
RE Billy Howton 29 7 0 39 catches for 510 yards, 1 td Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1952
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bob Gain* 30 7 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
LDT Willie McClung 29 4 0
RDT Sid Youngelman 28 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 83rd pick / 1954
RDE Paul Wiggin 25 2 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 6th / 73rd pick / 1956
LLB Galen Fiss 28 3 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 13th / 155th pick / 1953
MLB Vince Costello 27 2 0
RLB Walt Michaels* 30 8 0 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
LDH Bernie Parrish 23 Rook 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 9th / 108th pick / 1958
RDH Jim Shofner 24 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1958
LS Warren Lahr 36 10 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 32nd / 294th pick / 1947
RS Junior Wren 30 3 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 24th / 288th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Lou Groza* 35 13 0 5 of 16 field goals & 33 of 37 extra points
P Junior Wren 30 3 0 27 punts for a 36.9 average, 0 blocked Cleveland Browns / 24th / 288th pick / 1952
PR Bobby Mitchell 24 1 0 17 punt returns for a 10.4 average and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958
KR Bobby Mitchell 24 1 0 11 kick returns for a 21.5 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
45 Leroy Bolden 27 12 0 170 5-8 Michigan St. 8/24/1932 1 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 73rd pick / 1955
32 Jim Brown*+ 23 FB 12 12 232 6-2 Syracuse 2/17/1936 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 6th pick / 1957
40 Preston Carpenter 25 LE 12 0 190 6-2 Arkansas 1/24/1934 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
82 Frank Clarke 25 12 0 215 6-1 Colorado 2/7/1934 2 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1956
50 Vince Costello 27 MLB 12 0 230 6-0 Ohio 8/4/1932 2
77 Willie Davis 25 12 0 243 6-3 Grambling St. 7/24/1934 1 Cleveland Browns / 15th / 181st pick / 1956
35 Galen Fiss 28 LLB 12 0 227 6-0 Kansas 7/30/1931 3 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 155th pick / 1953
79 Bob Gain* 30 LDE 12 0 256 6-3 Kentucky 6/21/1929 7 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
76 Lou Groza* 35 K 12 0 240 6-3 Ohio St. 1/25/1924 13
66 Gene Hickerson 24 RG 12 0 248 6-3 Mississippi 2/15/1935 1 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 78th pick / 1957
86 Billy Howton 29 RE 12 0 191 6-2 Rice 7/5/1930 7 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1952
56 Art Hunter* 26 C 12 0 245 6-4 Notre Dame 4/24/1933 5 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1954
22 Ken Konz 31 12 0 184 5-10 LSU 9/25/1928 6 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1951
83 Rich Kreitling 23 12 0 208 6-2 Auburn,Illinois 3/13/1936 Rook Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1959
24 Warren Lahr 36 LS 12 0 189 5-11 Case Western Reserve 9/5/1923 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 32nd / 294th pick / 1947
52 Dave Lloyd 23 12 0 247 6-3 Texas Tech,Georgia 11/9/1936 Rook Cleveland Browns / 4th / 47th pick / 1959
78 Willie McClung 29 LDT 12 0 250 6-2 Florida A&M 5/9/1930 4
74 Mike McCormack 29 RT 10 0 246 6-4 Kansas 6/21/1930 8 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
34 Walt Michaels* 30 RLB 12 0 231 6-0 Washington & Lee 10/16/1929 8 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
49 Bobby Mitchell 24 KR 12 0 192 6-0 Illinois 6/6/1935 1 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958
36 Ed Modzelewski 30 12 0 217 6-0 Maryland 1/13/1929 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1952
15 Jim Ninowski 23 2 0 206 6-1 Michigan St. 3/26/1936 1 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 49th pick / 1958
65 Chuck Noll 27 12 0 220 6-1 Dayton 1/5/1932 6 Cleveland Browns / 20th / 239th pick / 1953
70 Fran O'Brien 23 12 0 253 6-1 Michigan St. 4/17/1936 Rook Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1959
30 Bernie Parrish 23 LDH 12 0 194 5-11 Florida 4/29/1936 Rook Cleveland Browns / 9th / 108th pick / 1958
73 Floyd Peters 23 12 0 254 6-4 San Francisco St. 5/21/1936 Rook Baltimore Colts / 8th / 93rd pick / 1958
16 Milt Plum 24 QB 12 12 205 6-1 Penn St. 1/20/1935 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
18 Bob Ptacek 22 12 0 205 6-1 Michigan 4/23/1937 Rook Cleveland Browns / 8th / 87th pick / 1959
26 Ray Renfro 30 RH 12 0 190 6-1 North Texas 11/7/1929 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
80 Dick Schafrath 22 12 0 253 6-3 Ohio St. 3/21/1937 Rook Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1959
44 Jim Shofner 24 RDH 12 0 191 6-2 TCU 12/18/1935 1 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1958
64 Jim Ray Smith*+ 27 LG 12 0 241 6-3 Baylor 2/27/1932 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 64th pick / 1954
84 Paul Wiggin 25 RDE 12 0 242 6-3 Stanford 11/18/1934 2 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 73rd pick / 1956
60 John Wooten 23 12 0 235 6-2 Colorado 12/5/1936 Rook Cleveland Browns / 5th / 53rd pick / 1959
42 Junior Wren 30 P 12 0 192 6-0 Missouri 12/10/1929 3 Cleveland Browns / 24th / 288th pick / 1952
75 Sid Youngelman 28 RDT 12 0 257 6-3 Alabama 12/1/1931 4 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 83rd pick / 1954
Team Total 26.5 12 221.9 6-1.4 3.3