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    As a football player he was stocky, as a head coach he was fat, known more for his eating than his coaching.
    His playing weight was 250 pounds, but by the time he became head coach he was 'well over' 300 pounds.
    His three year record as Bears head coach was an abysmal 11-30-1.
    His pants fell down several times while he paced the sidelines.
    As assistant coach with the expansion Bucs he and head coach John McKay lost their first 26 games.
    One player who dined with him stated, 'Every time you went to dinner it was a banquet.' Another said, 'He used to eat until 2 o'clock in the morning.'
    Not surprisingly he suffered two strokes in December 1996 and February 1997 and died confined to his house.
    As a guard for seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns between 1950-56, his team was in six championship games, winning three.
    During this tenure he was selected to play in five Pro Bowl games.
    He had a sense of humor about himself and at one press conference he hoisted a shot of whiskey and stated, 'All right, everything is on the record until this touches my lips, and the minute it touches my lips, everything is off the record.'
    He had a cameo appearance as himself in the 1971 TV movie 'Brian's Song.'
    After being fired as Bears head coach two days after the '74 season, he held his last press conference saying with his typical wit he felt blessed to have been 'one of the few NFL head coaches, not one of the 50,000 sportswriters.'

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