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Otto Graham: The Greatest Quarterback Ever

Many modern football fans have never even heard the name Otto Graham.  Decades before Bernie Kosar was taking the Browns through many playoff runs.  Otto Graham was the best quarterback not only in Cleveland but in the NFL.  Years before Jim Brown dominated teams, Otto Graham was dominating the league.  Graham will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.  He was the 1st and possibly the biggest Cleveland sports star ever.

Otto Graham goes for a pass in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. (Getty Images)

Otto Graham goes for a pass in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. (Getty Images)

Otto Graham started his professional career in Cleveland during the 1946 season.  At the time the Browns played in the All American Football Conference (AAFC).  In that season Graham lead the Browns to their 1st Championship and the team finished with a 12-2 record.  The winning did not stop there.  The Browns went on to win the 1947, 1948 and 1949 AAFC Championship prior to entering the NFL in 1950.  During his first 4 seasons he played in 54 games and had 86 TD’s and 10,085 yards passing in total.  Many people considered the AAFC to be the minor leagues so to speak.  The Browns were not expected to be as dominant in the NFL.

The critics were completely wrong with their assumption.  Graham had almost the same numbers in the NFL as he did in the AAFC.  Graham would play in 72 games in the NFL and have 88 TD’s and 13,499 yards passing.  Graham and the Browns made the Championship game from 1950 to 1955.  In total Graham led the Browns to 10 straight championship games with them winning 7 of them.  The only years during this period where they did not win a championship was 1951, 1952 and 1953.  Their playoff record was 9-3 during those 10 seasons.

Otto Graham retired after the 1955 season.  He retired with 174 TD’s and 23,584 yards passing.  In his career Graham was a 5 time Pro Bowler and was a 7 time First Team All Pro.  He was one of the first inductees into the Hall Of Fame in 1965.

Otto Graham's Plaque (Getty Images)

Otto Graham’s Plaque (Getty Images)

Otto Graham was able to accomplish something that will never happen again by leading his team to 10 straight championship games.  The only other player to come close was Jim Kelly with the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills made it to the Super Bowl from 1990-1994 but never won any of those games.

There are many names that are discussed when talking about who was the greatest quarterback ever.  Names like Dan Marino, John Elway, Johnny Unitas and Tom Brady but none of those players achieved the success that Graham was able to do.  The only argument that any one might have against Graham would be that the playoffs were shorter with less games when he played.  The fact of the matter is he still won those titles and in both leagues.  The only reason that most people do not consider him the best is because they don’t know anything about him or what he did during his career.

As long as the stats and film are around no one can deny his greatness.  For such a short career by today’s standards he really made an impact.  Otto Graham passed away in 2003.  He left a legacy that will never be forgotten, he will live forever in the Hall Of Fame.

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Top 3 Stories From Week 4 Of College Football

College Football had their fourth week of action on the 22nd of September.  We had an upset of a top 25 team, Heisman level performances and a one of the best games of the season this past Saturday.  So without further a do, 2centsworthofsports.com presents it’s top 3 stories.

The Hurricanes Defeat Georgia Tech In A Wild Game

The University of Miami and GA Tech squared off in an ACC battle on Saturday afternoon.  No one had any idea they were about to have one of the most exciting games of the season thus far.  Miami came out strong racking up a 19-0 lead in the first quarter.  Both touchdown passes of the first quarter came from Miami’s starting QB Stephen Morris.  GA Tech turned the tables in the second quarter scoring 22 unanswered points.  Two of those scores were rushing TD’s from Tech’s running back Tevin Washington, the first was a 2-yard run and the second a 10-yard run.  The score at halftime was 22-19 in favor of GA Tech.  The third quarter brought more success for Tech who had 2 rushing TD’s, from Tony Zenon and Tevin Washington.  Miami had only one field goal during the third quarter.  Tech led 36-22 going into the final quarter.  Miami came back in the fourth quarter with a rushing TD and passing TD to tie the game at 36 all and send the game into overtime.  In overtime running back Mike James rushed for a 25-yard game winning touchdown, the game ended with Miami on top 42-36.  This game was incredible and was a win the Hurricanes needed after starting the season with two disappointing losses.

#15 Kansas State upsets #6 Oklahoma

Kansas State came into Oklahoma on Saturday night with one objective.  The objective was to avenge a heartbreaking loss last season at the hands of the Sooners.  K State took the lead in the second quarter 7-3 with a 2 yard fumble recovered touchdown by Jarell Childs.  K State kept the lead for the most of the game.  The final score was 24-19 for K State.   K State’s QB Collin Klien was the star of the game with 149 yards passing and 79 rushing.  Klien also had a passing TD and scored a rushing TD with a 5-yard run into the end zone in the early part of the fourth quarter.  The Sooners’ QB Landry Jones had a bad game giving up a fumble and throwing for an interception.  The game puts Kansas State’s record at 4-0 and the win should put them in the top ten if not they will be very close.

#4 Florida State’s EJ Manuel Has A Great Game Against #10 Clemson

Florida State defeated Clemson 49-37 on Saturday night.  The win puts the Seminoles at 4-0 for the season and has them charging through the season after the National Championship.  The break out star of the night was FSU’s QB EJ Manuel.  Manuel passed for 380 yards and ran for 102.  He had two passing touchdowns while leading the Seminoles to the victory.  This was a great win for FSU against a top ten opponent at home.  The FSU faithful finally have a team that could capture the National Championship after years of not contending for the crown.  This game also showed that the Seminoles have a possible Heisman candidate in EJ Manuel.

“Sunday Ready” Robert Griffin III Makes A Succesful Debut

It used to be that a new NFL quarterback had time to develop and flourish over multiple season, not anymore.  There are many teams each year that need solutions for their QB position woes.  They want it fast and the best way to go now is with a top ten QB, rather than the veteran back up or fallen starting QB.  It is easier to go with a new QB and take a chance at their future.  The old system of getting a veteran QB is going away because teams just don’t want to be stagnate anymore.  Players like Cam Newton have done great things to changes the way teams look at top pick QB’s.

RG3 celebrates his 88-yard TD pass.
(Getty Images)

 

In April the Washington Redskins went in the direction that most teams are going.  That direction is with a top pick QB to be the future of their franchise.  With the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft the Redskins selected Robert Griffin III (RG3).  RG3 had an incredible final season at Baylor in 2011 and won the Heisman Trophy.  RG3 has drawn many comparisons to Cam Newton, in terms of both athleticism and potential.

On Sunday RG3 made his highly anticipated regular season debut.  He led his Redskins into New Orleans to face the Saints and one of the best QB’s in the league Drew Brees.  Griffin got off to a great start completing his first 7 passes for 123 yards.  One of those passes was an amazing 88 yard pass to Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon.  Garcon was able to make it into the end zone for Griffin’s 1st NFL touchdown pass, which came in the 1st quarter.  Griffin’s 2nd touchdown pass came in the second quarter, a 5 yard toss to Aldrick Robinson.  Going into half time the Redskins were beating the Saints by a score of 20-14.

In the second half of the game Griffin led the Redskins down the field in position for 3 made field goal attempts.  The Saints tried to comeback in the second half but with a just a field goal, two touchdown passes and a 2 point conversion it was just not enough.  The Redskins won the game by a score of 40-32.

Griffin had an outstanding debut with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing, 2 touchdown passes and no interceptions.  The Redskins might just be back in a big way.  Griffin met all the expectations of the Redskin fans and his team, can he keep it up?  That will be the fun thing to watch for this season.