Paul David grew up in Massillon, Ohio, admiring Paul Brown – then the coach of the Massillon Tigers’ high school football program.

Brown eventually moved on to become an NFL Hall of Fame coach. David watched as Brown befriended his older brothers, Tofic and Johnny, and he later took Brown’s history class at the high school.

“My dad thought the world of Paul Brown, as a person and a professional,” said Jeff David, Paul’s son who played and later coached at Massillon. “My dad and coach Brown kept this wonderful relationship out of mutual respect for each other. Coach Brown knew the very humble beginnings my dad had and the struggles the family shared. My dad and coach Brown were very fond of each other. It was a wonderful, beautiful relationship built on a mutual respect and a shared commonality of how you lead your life and what drives decisions in your life.”


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