Bob Gain

Bob Gain
Position: Offensive lineman, Defensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1929-06-21)June 21, 1929
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio
Date of death: November 14, 2016(2016-11-14) (aged 87)
Place of death: Willoughby, Ohio
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 1951 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl
  • Outland Trophy-1950
  • SEC Linemen of the Year-1950
  • NFL Pro lineman-1957
  • First-team All-Pro
  • 7x Second-team All-Pro
  • Inducted into KY Pro Football HOF (2006)

Robert Gain (June 21, 1929 – November 14, 2016) was an American football player who played 13 seasons for the Cleveland Browns, and also played in the Canadian Football League. For his NFL career the Pro Football Researchers Association voted Gain in the NFL "Hall of the Very Good in the Class of 2010". He played in 5 Pro Bowls in the space of seven years with the Browns and was a First-team All-Pro selection once and a Second-team selection seven times.[1]

Bob Gain played Tackle, Middle Guard and End and was standout defender at tackle, end and middle guard. Cleveland led NFL in many defensive categories in his 12 years and the Browns won two thirds of their games and three championships during his career. He died on November 14, 2016 at a hospital in Willoughby, Ohio.[2]

College career

Gain was a standout offensive and defensive lineman at the University of Kentucky, where he won the Outland Trophy in 1950 as the nation's Outstanding College Interior Football Lineman of the Year. Gain started at tackle four years (1947–1950) at the University of Kentucky (SEC). At Kentucky he won All-American honors his last two years (consensus in 1950) and co-captained a Wildcats team that captured the SEC championship. In 1950 the three-year All-SEC selection was chosen the best SEC lineman by the Atlanta (GA) Touchdown and Birmingham (AL) Quarterback Clubs. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Professional career

After playing one season in Canada in 1951 with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, he returned to Cleveland and played for twelve years (1952, 1954–1964). Gain played defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns (NFL). A stalwart defensive tackle on six Browns Eastern Conference and three (1954–1955, 1964) NFL championship teams, Gain started in five Pro Bowl games.

Gain interupted his pro career in 1953 to serve in Korean War for the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant. [3]

He was honored by the Pittsburgh (PA) Dapper Dan Club and was named to the West Virginia and Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

He ended his career with a one-time All-Pro and a 7-time Second-Team All-Pro record in his 12 seasons, and after the 1957 season was voted the NFL Defensive linemen of the year by the Los Angeles Times.[4]

He ended his career with three NFL championships with the Browns.

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Gain to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2010 [5]


  1. The Best of Each Season: All-Pro Football Teams: 1920-present. by Hogrogian, Turney, and Klatt. PFRA Publications. 2011.
  3. "UK Football Legend Bob Gain Passes Away". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  4. Los Angeles Times, Section D, December 28, 1957. pp 34-36
  5. "Hall of Very Good Class of 2010". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
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