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Otto Graham

Born: Dec 6, 1921

Death: Dec 17, 2003

Birthplace: Waukegan

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Otto Graham

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1921
Date of Death : Dec 17, 2003
Birth Place : Waukegan

Otto Everett Graham, Jr. was an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. Graham is regarded by critics as one of the most dominant players of his era, having taken the Browns to league championship games every year between 1946 and 1955, winning seven of them. With Graham at quarterback, the Browns posted a record of 114 wins, 20 losses and four ties, including a 9–3 win–loss record in the playoffs. While most of Graham's statistical records have been surpassed in the modern era, he still holds the NFL record for career average yards gained per pass attempt, with 8.98. He also holds the record for the highest career winning percentage for an NFL starting quarterback, at 0.814. Long-time New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a friend of Graham's, once called him "as great of a quarterback as there ever was." Graham grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, the son of music teachers. He entered Northwestern University in 1940 on a basketball scholarship, but football soon became his main sport.


  • American football player

Also known as

  • Otto Everett Graham, Jr.
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