Hall of Famer Hickerson, key blocker for Jim Brown, dies at 73

Updated: October 20, 2008, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio -- Gene Hickerson, the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame right guard whose blocking helped Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell make the shrine, died after a long illness. He was 73.

Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan confirmed Hickerson's death. He said Hickerson's son, Bob, received a phone call from the care facility in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, where his father was under care on Monday morning.

Hickerson was Brown's personal bodyguard on the field, clearing the ...

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