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17. Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack played for the New York Yanks as a rookie, but he would leave them to serve his country in the Korean War.  When he returned, the Yanks had folded, and the Baltimore Colts were created to replace them.  McCormack signed with the Colts, but Cleveland Browns Head Coach, Paul Brown, remembered the Lineman and traded for him before he played for the Colts.

McCormack started at Middle Guard and then Right Tackle, helping Cleveland win the NFL Championship in both 1954 and 1955.  The Browns were a very competitive team for McCormack's duration (until 1962), and he was named to five Pro Bowls and three Second Team All-Pros.  Brown had referred to McCormack as the best Lineman that he ever coached, and that is as high praise as you can get.  The Browns agreed and named him to their Ring of Honor in 2010.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Acquired: Traded from the Baltimore Colts before the 1954 Season.
  • Departed: Retied after the 1962 Season.
  • Games Played: 107
  • Notable Statistics:

    106 Games Started
    1 Interception
    14 Interception Return Yards
    6 Fumble Recoveries
    11 Fumble Recovery Yards
    29 Approximate Value*

    *Approximate Value was not a stat until the 1960 Season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL Champion (1954 & 1955)
    Second Team All-Pro (1957, 1958, 1959
    Pro Bowl (1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 & 1962)

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