Paul Brown, founder and general manager of the Cincinnati Bengals, was reported in fair condition today at a Cincinnati hospital where he is being treated for a blood clot in his leg.
Brown, 82, who is also a vice president of the Bengals, will probably be released Tuesday from Christ Hospital, said Robert Heidt Jr., the Bengals’ team physician.
“It’s not an unusual condition in older people,” Heidt said. “There was no pain, just some swelling. What you do in a situation like this is put the person to bed for a few days and give them some medication. Then the clot disappears, and it’s over. Overall, he is in excellent health.”
The ailment caused Brown to miss Sunday’s home game, a 20-17 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It was the first time Brown has missed a Bengals home game since the team began play in 1968.
Brown coached the Bengals from their first season in 1968 until 1975. He coached the Cleveland Browns from 1946 through 1962. His Browns teams won NFL championships in 1950, 1954 and 1955, as well as titles in the old All-America Football Conference in all four years of its existence, 1946 to 1949.
He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.