March 4, 2024

Former Browns legend Frank Ryan passed away at the age of 87. This quarterback legend is best known for winning a championship for the Cleveland Browns in 1964, a 27-0 victory against the Baltimore Colts.

In that game, Ryan went 11/18 for 206 yards, three touchdowns compared to a single interception.

Honestly, it’s crazy to think that Ryan is the last Browns quarterback to win any type of championship here in Cleveland. That’s a very long list and it’s a shame that it has to be way.

Ryan started his career with the LA Rams from 1958-62.

In Cleveland from 1962-68.

Finally, in Washington with the Redskins  to finish his coveted career from 1969-70.

“Ryan ranks fourth all-time among Browns quarterbacks with 13,499 passing yards and second behind Brian Sipe with 134 touchdowns.” – Wikipedia

Additionally, he went to the Pro Bowl three years in a row (1964, 1965, 1966) and led the league in passing touchdowns (1964) 

Mr. Ryan. thank you for helping to start this historic franchise off the right way all of those years ago. Even now, fans are extremely excited about the opportunity to reach the playoffs here in 2024. Maybe just maybe, we’ll be able to secure another championship soon.

A fun fact about Ryan is that he became a math mathematician at Case Western Reserve (1967-74) after his career. Thus, the man was very smart and not just good at throwing a football.

May your memory be a blessing Mr. Frank Ryan.

 

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