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said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by Massillon Washington High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Brown’s family members and close friends. Walt Bronczek, the Massillon Tigers football announcer, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Paul Brown “Hometown Hall of Famer™” road sign will be on display in the Massillon community.
As the first head coach of the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, and as the founder and owner of the Cincinnati franchise until his passing in 1991, Brown is credited for making pro football coaching the exact science it is today. When Brown organized the Cleveland Browns in the new All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1946, he hired a full-time staff on a year-round basis and instituted a system for scouting college talent on a scale never before imagined by other pro teams. In 17 seasons from 1946 to 1962 with the Browns, he posted a 167-53-8 record, winning four AAFC titles and three NFL crowns. In eight seasons from 1968 to 1975 with the expansion Bengals, he led three playoff teams.
As a coach, Brown was one of the game’s innovators. He brought to pro football the use of film analysis in the classroom, experimented with radio equipped helmet communication and developed the single bar facemask. Brown also helped break the color barrier in pro football in 1946, when he brought future Hall of Famers Marion Motley and Bill Willis to the Cleveland Browns.
Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.