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Don Shula a notable Cleveland Browns NFL draft pick at No. 110

Coming off the most promising season since the Marty Schottenheimer era, the Browns look to the 2021 draft to fortify the next step in the Kevin Stefanski era.

It is a given the Browns must score with their first-round pick, but they can further help themselves if they find a few good men from among their eight scheduled picks outside Round 1.

Over time, all eight of those post-Round 1 slots where the 2021 Browns own picks have produced someone who became famous.

In Part 3 of a series, we touch on the first of the Browns’ two scheduled spots in Round 4 on assorted levels, with the aim of putting Cleveland’s 2021 pick at No. 110 overall in perspective.

Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula, shown in a 1993 photo, won more games than any NFL coach ever.

Odds are a million to one against this year’s No. 110 going down in history with fame remotely approaching Don Shula’s.

More:Don Shula: An Ohio rock in the river of football

But then, what were the odds young Don was going anywhere when he enrolled at Painesville Harvey High School, forbidden by his mother to play football?

A gym teacher who noticed Shula climbing rope like a cat urged him to play the rough-and-tumble sport. Don turned in a football form on which he forged his parents’ signatures. Eventually, his mother forgave him.

More:HOF Archive: ‘Coach’ Shula considered himself ‘teacher’ Shula

Shula learned the football ropes at Harvey and then in college at John Carroll, but he remained a virtual unknown as a 1951 Browns rookie.No. 110 pick in 1951.

One day at practice, he woke from a stupor after tackling gigantic fullback Marion Motley, and found the head coach standing over him..

“Nice tackle, Taseff,” said Paul Brown, who admitted to confusing Shula for another Browns rookie from John Carroll, Carl Taseff.

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