Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Mac Speedie

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.  

Mac Speedie 

Mac Speedie was a publicist dream and today he would have legions of products named after him.  He played against Brown’s Bluejackets team from Great Lakes Naval Station and Brown picked him up for his Cleveland Browns club. 

 Speedie was a 6-foot-3 end who was one of the best receivers in football. He helped the Browns develop an exceptional pass attack. Speedie had suffered from Perthese disease as a young boy, a condition characterized by a temporary loss of blood supply to the hip joint. The disease left Speedie with an odd gait that made it more difficult for defenders to cover his pass patterns.