Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Dante Lavelli

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Paul Brown who coached the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.  In Cleveland, Brown won four AAFC titles and three NFL titles  in 25 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of Brown's key players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.  

Dante Lavelli

Dante Lavelli, played wide receiver for Brown when Brown was coaching at Ohio State University. Lavelli had only played a few games for Ohio State before his military duty so few people in professional football knew of him. His nickname was “Glue Fingers” given him by radio play-by-play announcer Bob Neal, and he would be remembered as a tough, clutch player.  The Hall of Famer was the son of Italian immigrants.  Lavelli would play for 11 years. 

Lavelli had sure hands.  Whenever Lavelli went up for the ball he often won it and was not going to let it go after he got it.  

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