Daily Dawg Tags: 52 days and another Hall of Famer
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns will open the 2017 NFL season in 52 days, a uniform number worn by Hall of Fame lineman Frank Gatski.
The Cleveland Browns will open the NFL regular season on Sept. 10, which is now just 52 days away.
Fifty-two is also the uniform number worn with distinction by lineman Frank Gatski, an eight-time champion who played for the Browns from 1946 to 1956, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
According to his bio on the Hall of Fame’s website, Gatski was:
"Strong, consistent, blessed with a great attitude and exceptional pass blocking abilities, Frank was also durable. He never missed a game or a practice in high school, college or the pros. He was named to the All-NFL honor roll in 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1955 and played as a starting center in the 1956 Pro Bowl. Perhaps because he played at a comparatively obscure position, Gatski was relatively unsung through most of his career. Many of his more publicized teammates on both the Browns and the Lions preceded him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, Frank can claim one signal distinction – he played in 11 championship games in 12 seasons with his team winning eight times."
Heck of a career from the greatest to ever wear No. 52 with the Orange and Brown.
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