Paul Brown Cincinnati Bengals Helmets
This begins a new series called TIG (Tigers Impacting the Game). TIG will focus historical contributions to the game of football by former Massillon Tigers and Massillonians.

On this date May 24, 1967 in NFL History the AFL approved the Cincinnati Bengals franchise for expansion. The Cincinnati Bengals became the 10th team in the AFL and competed in the western division beginning with the 1968 season. Paul Brown was the owner and head coach of the newly formed Cincinnati Bengals.

In 1970 the AFL (10 teams) and the NFL (16 teams) merged and formed what is now known as the National Football League. The Cincinnati Bengals were placed in the AFC Central Division with Cleveland, Houston and Pittsburgh.

Brown would coach the Cincinnati Bengals from 1968-1975 compiling a record of 55-60-1 with an 0-3 record in the NFL playoffs.

Later the same year in 1967 Paul Brown would become part of the 5th official class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2017 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. All thanks to Massillon’s own, Paul Brown

Pictured above Paul Brown is shown choosing the inaugural helmet.