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1961 Cleveland Browns (NFL) 3rd place Eastern Conference 8-5-1 .615
Head Coach: Paul Brown
EndsPaul Bixler
BackfieldHoward Brinker
Defensive LineDick Evans
GuardsFritz Heisler
TacklesEddie Ulinski
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/11/1961ADetroit Lions7-35LDetroit, MITiger Stadium25605
Sun8/20/1961ASan Francisco 49ers27-24WSan Francisco, CAKezar Stadium38759
Fri8/25/1961ALos Angeles Rams34-17WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum40086
Sat9/2/1961HPittsburgh Steelers38-6WAkron, OHRubber Bowl27782
Sat9/9/1961HDetroit Lions17-35LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium41374
Sun9/17/1961APhiladelphia Eagles20-27LPhiladelphia, PAFranklin Field60671
Sun9/24/1961HSt. Louis Cardinals20-17WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium50443
Sun10/1/1961HDallas Cowboys25-7WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium43638
Sun10/8/1961HWashington Redskins31-7WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium46186
Sun10/15/1961HGreen Bay Packers17-49LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium75042
Sun10/22/1961APittsburgh Steelers30-28WPittsburgh, PAForbes Field29266
Sun10/29/1961ASt. Louis Cardinals21-10WSt. Louis, MOBusch Stadium26696
Sun11/5/1961HPittsburgh Steelers13-17LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium62723
Sun11/12/1961AWashington Redskins17-6WWashington, DCD.C. Stadium28975
Sun11/19/1961HPhiladelphia Eagles45-24WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium68399
Sun11/26/1961HNew York Giants21-37LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium80455
Sun12/3/1961ADallas Cowboys38-17WDallas, TXCotton Bowl23500
Sun12/10/1961AChicago Bears14-17LChicago, ILWrigley Field38717
Sun12/17/1961ANew York Giants7-7TNew York, NYYankee Stadium61084
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
38Sam BakerP6'221732Oregon State140
83Johnny BrewerRDE-LDE6'423324Mississippi140
32Jim BrownFB6'222825Syracuse1414
81Leon ClarkeTE6'423228Southern California131
50Vince CostelloRLB-MLB-LLB6'022829Ohio University144
42Bobby CrespinoSE6'422323Mississippi132
18Len DawsonQB6'019026Purdue71
85Charley FergusonFL-SE6'521822Tennessee State121
20Ross FichtnerLCB-RCB6'018623Purdue132
35Galen FissLLB6'022630Kansas1313
46Don FlemingLS6'018824Florida1414
24Bobby FranklinRS5'1118225Mississippi1414
79Bob GainLDT6'325632Kentucky1414
76Lou GrozaK6'324037Ohio State140
82Jim HoustonLDE6'323924Ohio State1414
88Rich KreitlingSE6'220825Auburn; Illinois1311
70Errol LindenLOT6'525824Houston100
52Dave LloydMLB6'324725Texas Tech; Georgia1413
74Mike McCormackROT6'424631Kansas1414
34Walt MichaelsRLB6'023132Washington & Lee1412
49Bobby MitchellHB6'019226Illinois1412
56John MorrowC6'324428Michigan1414
86Gern NaglerTE-SE6'219029Santa Clara1313
78Ed NuttingLOT6'424622Georgia Tech41
30Bernie ParrishLCB5'1119425Florida1413
72Floyd PetersRDT6'325425San Francisco State138
16Milt PlumQB6'120526Penn State1413
40Preston PowellFB-HB6'222525Grambling State120
62Duane PutnamROG-LOG6'022833Pacific140
26Ray RenfroFL6'119032North Texas1414
77Dick SchafrathLOT6'325324Ohio State1313
44Jim ShofnerRCB6'219126Texas Christian1413
64Jim Ray SmithLOG6'324129Baylor1414
68Larry StephensRDT-LDT6'424523Texas146
22Tommy WatkinsHB6'119524East Los Angeles JC; Iowa State102
84Paul WigginRDE6'324527Modesto JC; Stanford1414
60John WootenROG6'225025Colorado1414
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Bobby Crespino110EMississippifrom DET
Ed Nutting227TGeorgia Tech
John Brown455TSyracuseFuture
Mike Lucci569CTennesseeFuture
Frank Parker679TOklahoma Statefrom DET; Future
Preston Powell797BGrambling State
Fred Cox8110HBPittsburghfrom GB; Future
John Frongillo8111TBaylorFuture
Jake Gibbs9125QBMississippi
Wayne Wolff10129GWake Forestfrom WAS
Ken Ericson10139ESyracuseFuture
Billy Gault11153BTexas Christian
Dick Lage12167ELenoir-Rhyne
Jack Wilson13181BDuke
Phil Lohmann14195COklahoma
Charley Taylor15209BMississippi
Roger Shoals16223TMaryland
Calvin Bird17237BKentucky
Ed Morris18251TIndiana
Bob Minihane19265GBoston University
Charlie Baker20279TTennesseeFuture
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals917843107
Opponents Totals416257110
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals2461161201047455
Opponents Totals243871461038367
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Lou Groza0373897.4162369.6085
Jim Brown100000060
Bobby Mitchell100000060
Ray Renfro60000036
Rich Kreitling30000018
Leon Clarke20000012
Vince Costello1000006
Bobby Crespino1000006
Charley Ferguson1000006
Bobby Franklin1000006
Gern Nagler1000006
Bernie Parrish1000006
Milt Plum1000006
Tommy Watkins1000006
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals39373994.9162369.60319
Opponents Totals34333497.1112839.30270
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Lou Groza162369.64/8/3/1/0/
Team Totals162369.64/8/3/1/0/
Opponents Totals112839.36/1/4/0/0/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Jim Brown30514084.6388
Bobby Mitchell1015485.456t5
Tommy Watkins432094.9210
Bobby Franklin11212.012t1
Preston Powell155.050
Rich Kreitling044L0
Mike McCormack044L0
Len Dawson1-10-10.0-100
Milt Plum24-17-0.7141
Team Totals47621634.556t15
Opponents Totals41116053.94716
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Milt Plum30217758.611524168.013.677186.0103.3145227190.3
Len Dawson15746.75855.712.117t16.7320.0196647.2
Jim Brown3133.323712.337.037t133.300.0037120.8
Team Totals32018557.812225387.913.777206.3134.1164237487.2
Opponents Totals35820055.913828317.914.288t164.5205.6305252673.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Ray Renfro4883417.4576
Jim Brown4645910.077t2
Bobby Mitchell3236811.552t3
Rich Kreitling2122910.9193
Gern Nagler1924112.721t1
Leon Clarke1121119.241t2
Tommy Watkins46616.5351
Charley Ferguson26834.060t1
Bobby Crespino26231.0491
Team Totals185253813.777t20
Opponents Totals200283114.288t16
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Bernie Parrish7405.7150
Jim Shofner581.650
Don Fleming36220.7410
Bobby Franklin22010.0200
Walt Michaels2178.5150
Galen Fiss11313.0130
Team Totals201608.0410
Opponents Totals1330223.2501
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Sam Baker53229643.36205213198337.4
Team Totals53229643.36205213198337.4
Opponents Totals54231442.96805283193135.8
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Bobby Mitchell14216411.764t1
Jim Shofner1461198.5210
Team Totals28828310.164t1
Opponents Totals2792137.9470
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Bobby Mitchell1642826.891t1
Preston Powell1632120.1360
Tommy Watkins922625.1470
Sam Baker35719.0250
Jim Brown25025.0260
Larry Stephens11515.0150
Ross Fichtner11111.0110
Errol Linden155.050
Johnny Brewer122.020
Team Totals50111522.391t1
Opponents Totals56146526.2105t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Sam Baker0001100
Jim Brown610100
Vince Costello00011301
Bobby Crespino100000
Galen Fiss0003300
Don Fleming00022350
Bobby Franklin100000
Bob Gain0001100
Lou Groza0010100
Jim Houston0001100
Rich Kreitling211240
Dave Lloyd0002200
Bobby Mitchell600000
John Morrow0010100
Bernie Parrish00011341
Floyd Peters0003350
Milt Plum930300
Ray Renfro100000
Dick Schafrath0010100
Tommy Watkins200000
Paul Wiggin0002200
Team Totals2820818261082
Opponents Totals2318520252
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