Paul Eugene Brown was born on September 7, 1908, in Norwalk, Ohio. He was a champion high school and college coach before joining the Cleveland Browns organization in 1945. There is some debate in sports circles concerning the naming of the Cleveland Browns. It is widely held that one of the teams' owners, Arthur McBride, named the team after Brown. There is no debating Brown's coaching record during his tenure in Cleveland – 167 wins, fifty-three losses and eight ties. With him as coach, they also won four AFC championships and three NFL titles (1950, 1954 and 1955). In 1962, the new owner, Arthur Modell, fired Brown. In 1967, Brown returned to professional football when he received authorization from the American Football League to create a team in Cincinnati. He chose the name Bengals as homage to other teams that had represented Cincinnati in the past. The Bengals first season was in 1968; it then took two seasons for him to pull the team together. In 1970, 1973 and 1975, he got the team to the playoffs. In 1970, Brown was also able to get the team into their own field at Riverfront Stadium. Following the playoffs in 1975, he retired from coaching but remained president of the Bengals until his death on August 5, 1991. His son Mike has headed the organization since.