The legendary and incomparable Paul Brown will finally get his due, or at least part of it, when the NFL Network debuts Paul Brown: A Football Life tomorrow evening. The one-hour documentary on the namesake of the Cleveland Browns should have been done a long time ago, as Tony Grossi and others have noted repeatedly.
Brown was an innovator before his time — helmet radios being just one of his inventions that would end up being used by the entire league; he also pioneered college scouting and more — but is rarely mentioned along with the likes of Lombardi and Halas. Part of that is because Brown came along before NFL Films and there's just not a ton of video of him prowling the sidelines or highlights from those early games. But that's only part of the reason.
Grossi has been pushing for more recognition for Brown for awhile now — here's his plea in February to get Brown proper respec
t — and it's worked. From what he said on WKNR the other day, NFL Films got in touch after his piece
and said they knew Brown deserved a doc. Tomorrow that doc debuts. Watch the trailer here.