Paul Cleary (American football)
|Position:||End / Defensive end|
|Date of birth:||February 7, 1922|
|Place of birth:||North Loup, Nebraska|
|Date of death:||January 8, 1996(aged 73)|
|Place of death:||Laguna Beach, California|
|NFL Draft:||1948 / Round: 10 / Pick: 77
(By the Detroit Lions)
|Career NFL statistics|
Paul Hanson Cleary (born February 7, 1922 in North Loup, Nebraska – died January 8, 1996 in Laguna Beach, California) was a professional American football end in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). A 10th round selection (77th overall pick) of the 1948 National Football League Draft, he played two seasons for the AAFC's New York Yankees (1948) and Chicago Hornets (1949). He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans (USC) after playing for Santa Ana College teams in 1941 and 1942.
He was discharged just in time to enroll at Southern California and join the football team in 1946. He was All-American in 1947, and Coach Jeff Cravath said, "He's the finest end who ever played at Southern California." In 1973 the Los Angeles Times selected all-time Southern California teams, and Cleary was at end on the pre-1950 lineup.
He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
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