QB Frank Ryan, who led Browns to last championship, dies at 87

Frank Ryan, who quarterbacked the Cleveland Browns to the NFL championship in 1964, died Monday at a Connecticut nursing home.

Ryan was 87 and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Ryan threw three touchdown passes to Gary Collins as the Browns upset the Baltimore Colts 27-0 on Dec. 27, 1964.

Ryan played college football at Rice. He was a fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1958.

He spent four years as a Ram before being traded to Cleveland in 1962.

Ryan was 52-22-2 in seven seasons with the Browns.

His career ended with sparse duty in Washington from 1969-70.

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