Otto Graham Dies

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - 06:19 AM
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The Cleveland Browns’ Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham has died.

He was 82. A team spokesman says Graham died wednesday at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida after being hospitalized earlier in the day with a heart condition.

Graham took coach Paul Brown’s team to a championship game in each season he played.

That’s from 1946 through 1955. With Graham at quarterback, the Browns won four championships in the old All-American Football Conference and three N-F-L titles. Nicknamed “Automatic Otto,” Graham never missed a game as a pro while passing for over 23-thousand yards and 174 touchdowns.

He finished his career with an astounding regular season record of 105 wins, 17 losses and four ties.

Graham was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965 and the Browns retired his uniform number 14.

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