Paul Brown was the father of two stalwart franchises in the NFL?the Cleveland Browns, who carry his own name, and the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a renowned coach and owner, and when he passed on August 5, 1991, the league lost a giant. But for the Browns and Bengals, his death would herald a new era, of bad luck and poor judgment, that had people talking about a curse.
This book charts how the Browns and Bengals franchises are connected in ways that even their die-hard fans might not realize. It documents the Paul Brown and Art Modell feud beyond the bad blood, including the coaches shared and same draft picks lusted over. It touches upon the Bengals’ role in the Browns’ relocation, how the Browns’ played a role in the Bengals’ new stadium deal, and how the Bengals actually almost became the new Browns.
Paul Brown’s Ghost takes a look at the legend of the man, as well as a fun look at one of the great rivalries in the NFL between two hard-luck teams.