This Day in Browns History: Jan. 24

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 24, 2012 – 7:49 pm

By: Steve King, Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com

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It was historic.

The completion of the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 changed everything about pro football, including the Pro Bowl.

Rather than the Eastern and Western conferences of the NFL squaring off in the Pro Bowl (which had basically been the case since following the 1950 season), the best from the AFC would meet the best from the NFC.

The first game in that format was played Jan. 24, 1971, and three members of the Browns – running back Leroy Kelly and guard Gene Hickerson, both Pro Football Hall of Famers, and linebacker Jim Houston from Massillon (Ohio) High School and Ohio State – played for the AFC in its 27-6 loss to the NFC at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Also on this date, Jan. 24, two future Browns were born in running back/wide receiver Preston Carpenter (in 1934 in Hayti, Mo.) and right tackle Monte Clark (1937 in Fillmore, Cal.).

Carpenter, a first-round pick of the Browns in the 1956 NFL Draft out of Arkansas, played for the team for four years (1956-59), rushing for 848 yards and catching 96 passes for 1,368 yards, averaging 14.3 yards per reception.

He spent 12 seasons overall in the NFL, also playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins.

Clark was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1959 and played three years with them and then a season with the Dallas Cowboys before coming to the Browns in 1963. He took over as the starter at right tackle in the NFL championship year of 1964 and stayed there until retiring following the 1969 season, during which time he was one of the better players at that position in the league.


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This Day in Browns History: Jan. 23

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 24, 2012 – 7:06 am

By: Steve King, Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Clinic presents This Day in Browns History.  If you call 1.800.274.2009, Cleveland Clinic will schedule an appointment for either the same day or the next day, including Saturdays.  Call to learn more.

The Browns were both looking ahead, and behind, on Jan. 23, 1950.

It was on that day that quarterback Otto Graham was named the Most Valuable Player of the All-America Football Conference for 1949, the league’s final year of existence. He was presented the award at the Cleveland Touchdown Club meeting at the Cleveland Athletic Club.

The 1949 Browns won their fourth AAFC championship, all with Graham at quarterback. He completed 161-of-285 passes (56.5 percent) for 2,785 yards and 19 touchdowns with 10 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 97.5. He also rushed for 107 yards and four touchdowns as the Browns finished 9-1-2 to win the Western Division crown, then defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31-21, in a first-round playoff game and the San Francisco 49ers, 21-7, in the league title contest.

The Browns, 49ers and Baltimore Colts were the AAFC teams being absorbed into the NFL, and the league announced on Jan. 23, that Cleveland would be placed into the American Conference for the 1950 season, while San Francisco and Baltimore would go to the National Conference.

As such, the Browns would be in the same conference with the defending NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins.

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Also on this date, Jan. 23, in 1972, Browns tight end Milt Morin caught a touchdown pass from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson, a former Brown, to ice the AFC’s 26-13 win over the NFC in the Pro Bowl at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Finally, on this date in 1968, Eric Metcalf was born in Seattle. A Cleveland Browns Legend, the running back was taken by the team with its first pick in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Metcalf, who made the Pro Bowl twice during his six seasons (1989-94) with the Browns, is the 11th-leading career rusher in club history with 2,229 yards. He is also eighth all-time with 297 receptions.

However, Metcalf, the son of former NFL running back Terry Metcalf, is probably better known for the fact he is one of the best returners in NFL history. With the Browns, he had five punt return touchdowns and two on kickoffs. He added five more punt return scores over the rest of his seven-year NFL career for a total of 10.

Overall with the Browns, he scored 33 touchdowns and had 55 in his NFL career.


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