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      Although the Rams’ great end “Crazy Legs” Hirsch is playing his final game in this title contest, the 1955 NFL Championship Game at The Coliseum will always be remembered as Cleveland Hall Of Fame quarterback Otto Graham’s last game. After coming out of retirement at the end of the summer and leading the Browns into their 10th title game in 10 years, Otto puts on a spectacular performance and brings the Browns their second World Championship in a row! This beautiful color 28-minute film, recently restored by Rare Sportsfilms and mastered onto digital video is now available for the first time ever! Narrated by Earl Gillespie, the video covers the story of the entire game, including pre-game pageantry and sideline closeups, with bench and ground-level shots

      The Browns Lou Groza kicks off and tackles Rams rookie ball carrier Ron Waller himself to start the game. The next Rams drive is stopped at the Browns 12, when Kenny Konz intercepts Norm Van Brocklin. Graham moves Cleveland to the L.A. 26 where Groza’s FG gives the Browns a 3-0 first quarter lead. The Browns score again when DB Don Paul intercepts Van Brocklin’s pass on the Browns 30 and races 70 yards to a touchdown, making the score 10-0. The Rams answer back when Van Brocklin, on the Cleveland 33 heaves a pass to Skeets Quinlan for a 67-yd TD, pulling the Rams to within 3 points, 10-7. Late in the second period, Van Brocklin throws his third interception of the half. Tom James picks off the pass and carries the ball back to midfield with time running out. The next play is the turning point of the game. Otto Graham hits Dante Lavelli with a 50-yd TD pass down the sidelines, and the Rams, who were driving to go ahead of the Browns by halftime, are now down 17-7!

     In the second half, Graham becomes the real star of the game. After moving the Browns from the L.A. 46, Graham runs around right end from the 19 and scores himself to put the Browns ahead, 24-7. On the Ram’s next possession, Sam Palumbo intercepts Van Brocklin at the Ram 36. Graham drives the Browns to the 4, then takes it in himself on a QB sneak and Groza’s XP makes the score 31-7 with two minutes left in the third quarter. In the final period, Graham tosses a 35-yd TD pass to Ray Renfro and Groza’s XP gives the Browns an insurmountable 38-7 lead! Late in the game, Ron Waller scores on a four-yard running play and Les Richter’s XP ends the scoring for the day. Coach Paul Browns sends in QB George Ratterman to replace Graham, and Otto is shown coming to the sidelines for the last time. After the game, field level cameras show Ram head coach Sid Gillman congratulating Paul Brown and Van Brocklin and Graham shaking hands while kids jostle for autographs!

      In this beautiful COLOR 28-minute video, Browns fans can once again see their heroes of that memorable 1955 season. In addition to coach Paul Brown, the fabulous Otto Graham and those players already mentioned above, you’ll see Frank Gatski, Horace Gillom, Don Colo, Curley Morrison, Walt Michaels, Maurice Bassett, Ed Modzelewski, Carlton Massey, Bob Smith and Len Ford. The Rams have their stars too, with Tank Younger, Woodley Lewis, Dan Towler, Tom Fears, Larry Morris, Leon McLaughlin, Willard Sherman, Andy Robustelli, Don Paul, Don Burroughs Ed Hughes and Billy Wade all shown in action.

     Now you can get your own copy of this rare and fascinating film for only $29.95 plus $5 shipping. (Illinois residents must add $2 sales tax).

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