Bob Gain
No. 74, 79
Position:Offensive lineman, defensive lineman
Personal information
Born:(1929-06-21)June 21, 1929
Akron, Ohio
Died:November 14, 2016(2016-11-14) (aged 87)
Willoughby, Ohio
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Weirton (WV) Weir
NFL Draft:1951 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Robert Gain (June 21, 1929 – November 14, 2016) was an American football player who played 13 seasons for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL), and also played in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played in five Pro Bowls in the space of seven years with the Browns and was a first-team All-Pro selection once and a second-team selection seven times.[1]

Gain played tackle, middle guard, and end and was standout defender at tackle, end, and middle guard. Cleveland led the NFL in many defensive categories in his 12 years and the Browns won 23 of their games and three championships during his career.

College career

Gain was a standout offensive and defensive lineman at the University of Kentucky, where he won the Outland Trophy in 1950 as the nation's Outstanding College Interior Football Lineman of the Year. Gain started at tackle four years (1947–1950) at the University of Kentucky (SEC). At Kentucky he won All-American honors his last two years (consensus in 1950) and co-captained a Wildcats team that captured the SEC championship. In 1950, the three-year All-SEC selection was chosen the best SEC lineman by the Atlanta (GA) Touchdown and Birmingham (AL) Quarterback Clubs. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Professional career

After playing one season in Canada in 1951 with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, he returned to Cleveland and played for 12 years (1952, 1954–1964). Gain played defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns (NFL). A stalwart defensive tackle on six Browns Eastern Conference and three (1954–1955, 1964) NFL championship teams, Gain started in five Pro Bowl games.

Gain interrupted his professional career in 1953 to serve in Korean War for the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant. [2]

He was honored by the Pittsburgh (PA) Dapper Dan Club and was named to the West Virginia and Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

He ended his career with a one-time All-Pro and a 7-time Second-Team All-Pro record in his 12 seasons, and after the 1957 season was voted the NFL Defensive linemen of the year by the Los Angeles Times.[3]

He ended his career with three NFL championships with the Browns.

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Gain to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2010 [4]


  1. ^ The Best of Each Season: All-Pro Football Teams: 1920-present. by Hogrogian, Turney, and Klatt. PFRA Publications. 2011.
  2. ^ "UK Football Legend Bob Gain Passes Away". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, Section D, December 28, 1957. pp 34-36
  4. ^ "Hall of Very Good Class of 2010". Archived from the original on October 17, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2016.