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8-5-1, Finished 3rd in NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.6, Offense: 0.4, Defense: 1.2, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 319 points (22.8/g), 6th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 270 points (19.3/g), 5th.
 Differential of 49 points (3.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-5.6.

Coach: Paul Brown (8-5-1)

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* 26 4 13 177 for 302, 2,416 yards, 18 td, 10 int, & 24 rushes for -17 yards and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
HB Bobby Mitchell 26 3 0 101 rushes for 548 yards, 5 td, & 32 catches for 368 yards and 3 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958
FB Jim Brown*+ 25 4 14 305 rushes for 1,408 yards, 8 td, & 46 catches for 459 yards and 2 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 6th pick / 1957
FL Ray Renfro 32 9 0 48 catches for 834 yards, 6 td Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
SE Rich Kreitling 25 2 0 21 catches for 229 yards, 3 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1959
TE Gern Nagler 29 8 0 19 catches for 241 yards, 1 td Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
LT Dick Schafrath 24 2 0 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1959
LG Jim Ray Smith*+ 29 5 0 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 64th pick / 1954
C John Morrow* 28 5 0 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 28th / 336th pick / 1956
RG John Wooten 25 2 0 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 53rd pick / 1959
RT Mike McCormack* 31 10 0 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jim Houston 24 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 8th pick / 1960
LDT Bob Gain* 32 9 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
RDT Floyd Peters 25 2 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 8th / 93rd pick / 1958
RDE Paul Wiggin 27 4 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 6th / 73rd pick / 1956
LLB Vince Costello 29 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Dave Lloyd 25 2 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 47th pick / 1959
RLB Walt Michaels 32 10 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
LCB Bernie Parrish 25 2 0 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 9th / 108th pick / 1958
RCB Jim Shofner 26 3 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1958
LS Don Fleming 24 1 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 28th / 327th pick / 1959
RS Bobby Franklin 25 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 11th / 127th pick / 1960
 Special Teams Starters
K Lou Groza 37 15 0 16 of 23 field goals & 37 of 38 extra points
P Sam Baker 32 8 0 53 punts for a 43.3 average, 0 blocked Los Angeles Rams / 11th / 133rd pick / 1952
PR Bobby Mitchell 26 3 0 14 punt returns for a 11.7 average and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958
KR Bobby Mitchell 26 3 0 16 kick returns for a 26.8 average and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
38 Sam Baker 32 P 14 0 217 6-2 Oregon St. 11/12/1929 8 3 Los Angeles Rams / 11th / 133rd pick / 1952
83 Johnny Brewer 24 14 0 230 6-4 Mississippi 3/8/1937 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 41st pick / 1960
32 Jim Brown*+ 25 FB 14 14 232 6-2 Syracuse 2/17/1936 4 19 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 6th pick / 1957
81 Leon Clarke 28 13 0 232 6-4 USC 1/10/1933 5 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 14th pick / 1956
50 Vince Costello 29 LLB 14 0 230 6-0 Ohio 8/4/1932 4 8
42 Bobby Crespino 23 13 0 225 6-5 Mississippi 1/11/1938 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 10th pick / 1961
Oakland Raiders / 6th / 44th pick / 1961
18 Len Dawson 26 qb 7 1 190 6-0 Purdue 6/20/1935 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1957
85 Charley Ferguson 22 12 0 217 6-5 Tennessee St. 11/13/1939 Rook 1
20 Ross Fichtner 23 13 0 185 6-0 Purdue 10/26/1938 1 3 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1960
35 Galen Fiss 30 13 0 227 6-0 Kansas 7/30/1931 5 5 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 155th pick / 1953
46 Don Fleming 24 LS 14 0 188 6-0 Florida 6/11/1937 1 8 Chicago Cardinals / 28th / 327th pick / 1959
24 Bobby Franklin 25 RS 14 0 182 5-11 Mississippi 10/5/1936 1 7 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 127th pick / 1960
79 Bob Gain* 32 LDT 14 0 256 6-3 Kentucky 6/21/1929 9 10 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1951
76 Lou Groza 37 K 14 0 240 6-3 Ohio St. 1/25/1924 15 7
82 Jim Houston 24 LDE 14 0 240 6-3 Ohio St. 11/3/1937 1 8 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 8th pick / 1960
88 Rich Kreitling 25 SE 13 0 208 6-2 Auburn,Illinois 3/13/1936 2 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1959
70 Errol Linden 24 10 0 258 6-5 Houston 10/21/1937 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
52 Dave Lloyd 25 MLB 14 0 247 6-3 Texas Tech,Georgia 11/9/1936 2 8 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 47th pick / 1959
74 Mike McCormack* 31 RT 14 0 246 6-4 Kansas 6/21/1930 10 9 New York Yanks / 3rd / 34th pick / 1951
34 Walt Michaels 32 RLB 14 0 231 6-0 Washington & Lee 10/16/1929 10 8 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 86th pick / 1951
49 Bobby Mitchell 26 HB 14 0 192 6-0 Illinois 6/6/1935 3 12 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 84th pick / 1958
56 John Morrow* 28 C 14 0 244 6-3 Michigan 4/27/1933 5 9 Los Angeles Rams / 28th / 336th pick / 1956
86 Gern Nagler 29 TE 13 0 190 6-2 Santa Clara 2/23/1932 8 3 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
78 Ed Nutting 22 4 0 246 6-4 Georgia Tech 2/8/1939 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 27th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 15th / 114th pick / 1961
30 Bernie Parrish 25 LCB 14 0 194 5-11 Florida 4/29/1936 2 9 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 108th pick / 1958
72 Floyd Peters 25 RDT 13 0 254 6-4 San Francisco St. 5/21/1936 2 8 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 93rd pick / 1958
16 Milt Plum* 26 QB 14 13 205 6-1 Penn St. 1/20/1935 4 12 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
40 Preston Powell 25 12 0 225 6-2 Grambling St. 9/23/1936 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 97th pick / 1961
Oakland Raiders / 20th / 156th pick / 1961
62 Duane Putnam 33 14 0 228 6-0 Pacific 9/5/1928 9 4 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 66th pick / 1952
26 Ray Renfro 32 FL 14 0 190 6-1 North Texas 11/7/1929 9 11 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 48th pick / 1952
77 Dick Schafrath 24 LT 13 0 253 6-3 Ohio St. 3/21/1937 2 7 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1959
44 Jim Shofner 26 RCB 14 0 191 6-2 TCU 12/18/1935 3 8 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1958
64 Jim Ray Smith*+ 29 LG 14 0 241 6-3 Baylor 2/27/1932 5 13 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 64th pick / 1954
68 Larry Stephens 23 14 0 250 6-3 Texas 9/24/1938 1 4 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 18th pick / 1960
22 Tom Watkins 24 10 0 195 6-0 Iowa St. 10/23/1937 Rook 3 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
84 Paul Wiggin 27 RDE 14 0 242 6-3 Stanford 11/18/1934 4 8 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 73rd pick / 1956
60 John Wooten 25 RG 14 0 235 6-2 Colorado 12/5/1936 2 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 53rd pick / 1959
Team Total 26.8 14 223.1 6-2.1 3.8