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Browns HOF Mike McCormack dies at 83

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Hall of Fame tackle and former Cleveland Brown Mike McCormack died Friday at the age of 83.

During his 12-year NFL career, the offensive tackle attended six Pro Bowls and was referred to by Paul Brown as "The finest offensive lineman I have ever coached." McCormack also won championships alongside Otto Graham in 1954 and 1955. Along with a stellar career on the field, McCormack played an integral role in bringing the Carolina Panthers to Charlotte as an NFL franchise. 

In 1989, McCormack became chief adviser to current Panthers owner Jerry RIchardson. In 1993, the team began their run in Charlotte and the Hall of Famer served as team president from 1995 to 1996.

"It is safe to say that we would probably not have a team in the Carolinas if it were not for Mike McCormack," Richardson said in a statement. "He had the contacts in the National Football League and was universally respected by everyone associated with professional football."

"He was a wonderful man, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann, and the entire McCormack family."

McCormack's off-field career also took him to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Seattle where he served as head coach for each team before helping establish the Panthers as an NFL franchise. 

 

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