Fundraising under way for Paul Brown museum


MASSILLON, Ohio – When Paul Brown took the helm of the Massillon Washington High School football team 75 years ago, the face of football changed forever.
Now, the legendary coach and his ideals will be memorialized by the new Paul E. Brown Museum in Massillon.
Architects have completed the museum’s conceptual design and organizers are now kicking off the fundraising campaign.
Sports science. Paul Brown turned football coaching into a science. He invented the facemask and the playbook. He was the first coach to call plays from the sidelines and the inventor of the draw play.
Brown coached the Massillon Tigers to six state and four national championships. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes to their first national championship, was the first coach of the Cleveland Browns and founded the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 3,000-square-foot Paul E. Brown Museum, to be located at 1 Paul E. Brown Drive Southeast in Massillon, on the campus of Washington High School, will be adjacent to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and the school, where it will be accessible to the public and students.
Numerous donors including Mary Brown, widow of the late football great, have contributed artifacts and memorabilia in the Paul E. Brown Museum’s collection.
The Paul and Carol David Foundation and the Massillon Tiger Football Booster Club have provided seed money for the museum.
Admission will be free; donations will be accepted.
Goal. The committee has set a preliminary fundraising goal of $750,000. The campaign will seek significant financial support, but contributions of any size will be welcome.
To learn more about the Paul E. Brown Museum, contact Bill Dorman at 330-495-2147 or
Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to the Paul E. Brown Museum c/o FirstMerit Bank (1 First National Plaza, Massillon, OH 44646) or to Dorman’s attention at the Paul E. Brown Museum, P.O. Box 1162, Massillon, OH 44648.

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