Damon "Buzz" Wetzel
No. 10
Personal information
Born:(1910-11-07)November 7, 1910
Roseville, Ohio
Died:October 15, 1985 (aged 74)
El Paso, Texas
Career information
College:Ohio State
Career history
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As a coach:
Head coaching record
Coaching stats at PFR

Damon "Buzz" Wetzel (November 7, 1910 – October 15, 1985) was a fullback for Ohio State, the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also the first head coach of the Cleveland Rams when they played in the American Football League, then general manager of the Rams (1937–38) after they entered the National Football League. [1] He was instrumental in the founding of the still-existing franchise, ninth oldest in the NFL, after leaving his post-college job as a newspaper illustrator. He also was responsible for naming it "Rams", in honor of Fordham, his favorite college team, and because the name was short enough to fit easily into a newspaper headline.

In 1938, after the Rams opened with three straight losses following a 1-10 inaugural season in the NFL, both Wetzel and Hugo Bezdek, whom he had hired to succeed him as head coach, were fired by Rams management. In 1939 Wetzel became general manager of the Mansfield Braves, class D minor league team to the baseball Cleveland Indians.[2] In the early 1940s he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 1936 5 2 2 .667 2nd in AFL
CLE Total 5 2 2 .667
Total 5 2 2 .667


  1. ^ "Cleveland Rams". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
  2. ^ "Wetzel Gets New Job", Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 23, 1939.