Paul, dead, at 75

Don Paul, a five-time NFL Pro Bowler who was named to the all-time Cougar football team picked in 1995 by the Spokesman-Review and in 1997 by <i>The Seattle Time</i>, has died. He was 75.

He was battling bladder cancer. The Tacoma News Tribune said his sister, who lives in Pullman, indicated that there would be no memorial services for the Fife native.

Paul starred at halfback and defensive back for the Cougars and also was mainstay at third base on the 1950 Cougar baseball team that played in the first-ever College World Series championship game.

Paul joined the Chicago Cardinals in 1950, earning All-Pro recognition twice before moving to the Cleveland Browns for their championship run through the decade. He retired after the 1958 season with a reputation for going all out on the field as well as off he was a legendary celebrity partier.

Following football he went on to a long career as a general manager in pro soccer, first with the Portland Timbers and later the Seattle Sounders. He also headed up the NASL's front office for a time in the 1980s.

"In 1988, he published his autobiography, "I Went Both Ways," He was proud of the era he played in because he thought the the players were tougher because they played defense and offense," the TNT reports.


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