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Lewis was first QB to play for Browns

Cliff Lewis, the first quarterback of the Cleveland Browns and an insurance executive for the New York Yankees, died Thursday afternoon at his home following a long illness. He was 79.

Updated: July 25, 2002, 5:28 PM ET
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Cliff Lewis, the first quarterback of the Cleveland Browns and an insurance executive for the New York Yankees, died Thursday afternoon at his home following a long illness. He was 79.

Lewis started the first three games for the Browns during their inaugural season in the All-America Football Conference in 1946 --- all of them victories.

When future Hall of Famer Otto Graham returned to play quarterback in the fourth game of the 1946 season, Lewis became the Browns' ...

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