Elvis' and Henry Aaron's favorite football team
August 17th 2011 21:04
Yesterday was the 34 anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Everyone knows everything about Elvis. I'm not really a fanatic. Some of his songs I like some I don't. But I do know that Elvis was a huge pro football fan. And he and Hammerin' Hank Aaron had the same favorite team. The Cleveland Browns.
Elvis became a Browns fan, because his boyhood friend hall of famer Gene Hickerson played guard for them in the 1960's and '70's. They played backyard football together growing up. It is said that Hickerson used to send game films of Browns games for Elvis to study. Elvis was also friends with defensive back Bobby Franklin.
Another of Elvis' Cleveland Brown friends was none other than the great fullback Jim Brown. In his book ' Out of Bounds' Brown wrote about going to Presley's house and talking football. Brown, who doesn't throw around compliments lightly said that he was impressed with Elvis' knowledge of the game. He even wrote that Presley would tell him things that he should have done on the field.
It is said that in the mansion at Graceland sits Elvis' favorite book. It is the Punt, Pass and Kick library's 'Great Running Backs of the NFL' On the cover is none other than Jim Brown.
Hank Aaron wrote in his book 'I Had a Hammer' that he became a Browns fan in the 1940's when the team played in the All-American Football Conference. Like many African-Americans became Brooklyn Dodger fans when they signed Jackie Robinson to break the baseball color line they rooted for the Browns because they signed Marion Motley and Bill Willis to do the same in football.
Aaron has followed the team ever since even going to training camp to watch them practice from time to time. But the neat thing about Aaron is that he used to sit in the original Dawg Pound at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. And no one knew he was there.
Aaron would take a flight to Cleveland the morning of a game. From there he would put on the most tattered clothes he had and head to the stadium. He would cover his head with a hat so no one could really see his face. Aaron would buy a ticket for a seat in the Dawg Pound and cheer for the Browns. He says that there was only one time where he thought someone recognized him. Imagine all of those years fans were sitting by the all-time home run king and didn't know it!
Elvis and Hank. Fans of the Cleveland Browns.
Ain't sports grand?
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