A History of Athletes Retiring as Champions

Otto Graham

Career years: 1946-1955
Accolades: Three-time NFL champion (1950, 1954-1955), five-time Pro-Bowler (1950-1954), Pro Bowl MVP (1950), NFL 75th Anniversary Team, Pro Football Hall of Fame (1965)
Last stand: 1955 NFL Championship Game, Dec. 26, 1955, Los Angeles Coliseum, L.A.: Browns 38 Rams 14

A three-time NFL champion, Otto Graham called it quits after winning the 1954 championship. Legendary coach Paul Brown wasn't having any of that though, he called Graham out of retirement and he would go on to lead the Browns to a back-to-back title the following season. In the title game Graham tallied four total scores as the Browns bested the Rams 38-14, and this time his retirement was permanent.

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