Paul Brown, who coached championship teams in high school, college and the pros, and former Notre Dame Athletic Director Ed (Moose) Krause were honored by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Brown, who won a national championship at Ohio State in 1942, received the Gold Medal at a dinner Tuesday night for his contributions to college football. Krause, who was Notre Dame's basketball coach in the 1940s before becoming athletic director, was given the Distinguished American award.
After compiling an 80-8-2 record as a high school coach in his hometown of Massillon, Ohio, Brown coached Ohio State from 1941 to '43 and later guided the Cleveland Browns to seven league championships. After a five-year break from pro football, he returned to coach the expansion Cincinnati Bengals in 1968 and led them to a division title three years later. Brown is vice president and general manager of the Bengals.
Known as a master teacher, Brown inspired dozens of his players and assistants to become head coaches, including Chuck Noll, Don Shula, Ara Parseghian, Weeb Ewbank, Lou Saban and Bill Walsh.
"A good coach is a good teacher," Brown said in an interview before Tuesday night's ceremony. "The first word in my playbook always was 'Why?' I never asked my players to do anything without giving them a reason."
Thirteen former college football stars and four former coaches were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The former players are Donny Anderson, Texas Tech; Paul Cleary, USC; Larry Csonka, Syracuse; Chalmers (Bump) Elliott, Purdue and Michigan; Roman Gabriel, North Carolina State; John Green, Tulane and Army; Matt Hazeltine, Cal; Bob Johnson, Tennessee; Ted Kwalick, Penn State; Archie Manning, Mississippi; Edgar Manske, Northwestern; Robert Schloredt, Washington; and Aurealius Thomas, Ohio State.
The former coaches are Sid Gillman, Miami of Ohio and Cincinnati; Frank Howard, Clemson; Joe Aillet, Louisiana Tech; and Warren Woodson, who coached Conway Teachers, Hardin-Simmons, Arizona, New Mexico State and Trinity.