Bob Gain, Star Defensive Lineman on Browns Title Teams, Dies at 87


Bob Gain, who had a 13-year career in the N.F.L., in an undated photo.

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Bob Gain, an eight-time All-Pro defensive lineman who helped the Cleveland Browns win three National Football League titles, died on Monday in Willoughby, Ohio. He was 87.

Gain’s granddaughter, Michelle Talor, confirmed his death.

Drafted fifth over all by the Green Bay Packers in 1951, Gain went to the Browns in 1952 and was part of championship teams in 1954, 1955 and 1964. His 13-year N.F.L. career included one first-team All-Pro selection, seven second-team mentions and five Pro Bowls.

He was a two-time all-American at Kentucky, playing on both sides of the ball and kicking for Bear Bryant from 1947 to 1950. He still holds the single-game program record for extra points, with 10 against North Dakota in 1950.

Kentucky went 33-10-2 with Gain, who was a member of the program’s first three bowl teams. In 1950, he was also the Southeastern Conference’s first winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman.

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