SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ed ''Big Mo'' Modzelewski, a former star fullback who led the University of Maryland to an unbeaten season in 1951 and later won an NFL championship with the Cleveland Browns, has died. He was 86.
Services are pending at Greer's Funeral Home in Sedona, Arizona, for Modzelewski, who died Saturday.
Modzelewski (pronounced Mo-juh-LESS-key) was born on Jan. 13, 1929, in West Natrona, Pennsylvania, where his Polish-born father was a coal miner.
He teamed up with his little brother, Dick, a defensive tackle nicknamed ''Little Mo,'' with the Terrapins and later squared off against him in the NFL when Ed's Browns faced Dick's New York Giants.
Ed Modzelewski was an All-American his senior year at Maryland and was named MVP of the Sugar Bowl when he ran for 153 yards as the Terrapins dominated top-ranked and previously undefeated Tennessee 28-13 on Jan. 1, 1952.
Pittsburgh drafted him with the sixth overall pick in 1952 and he played a year for the Steelers before serving two years in the Air Force. Upon his discharge, he was traded to Cleveland, where he ran for 619 yards and six touchdowns in 1955 and the Browns went 9-2-1, beating the Los Angeles Rams 38-14 to repeat as NFL champions.
That turned out to be his best season. His days as a starter ended when Jim Brown joined the Browns in 1957.
Modzelewski retired after the 1959 season, having gained 1,292 yards and 11 touchdowns over his six-year pro career.
Ed and Dick later ran an eatery in Cleveland and a restaurant chain in the Midwest.
Their brother Gene was a tackle at New Mexico State and was drafted by the Browns in 1966 but entered the Army and served in Vietnam, never playing in the NFL. He died in 2004.
Besides his wife, Joanne, and his brother Dick, Ed is survived by three sons and a daughter, two sisters and three grandchildren among other relatives.
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