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Browns great Bernie Parrish, a member of the 1964 championship team and a best-selling author, has brought his blog, Parrish the Thought, over to Bernie's Insiders. Bernie also hopes to participate in the Subscribers Lounge discussion forum along with Rich Passan, Barry McBride and other members of the Bernie's Insiders team.
Parrish's list of athletic accomplishments is long and varied. A legendary high school athlete who was named to All-State teams in football, basketball, and baseball, Parrish went on to a college career for the Florida Gators which resulted in his being named to that University's Hall of Fame and being named the best blocker and tackler in the SEC by that conference's head football coaches. Continuing his baseball career, Parrish was named an All-American in that sport as well.
Calling on his experience as a hard-nosed NFL player during an era which preceded the unreal salaries and revenues which are part of the recent era, Parrish brings a different view of the game to Parrish the Thought than fans are likely to see elsewhere on the web. An indication of Parrish's approach to professional sports was his refunding half of a then-astronomical $90,000 bonus he received from the Cincinnati Reds in 1959 when he decided to switch from pro baseball to pro football simply because "it was the right thing to do".
Parrish's pro football career was a tremendous success, which saw him being named to the Pro Bowl and the All-Time Browns All-Star team. Parrish was an part of the 1964 club who soundly beat Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win Cleveland's last NFL championship.
Following his football career, Parrish was author of the best-selling book They Call It A Game in 1971 and, as a graduate in Building Construction from Florida's School of Architecture, built over $100 million of hotels and other commercial buildings from Chicago to Galveston to Omaha to Memphis.
Parrish says "My Browns teammates and the great Cleveland fans made my years in Cleveland the best years of my life. I will always be a Cleveland Brown", and we are proud to welcome him to BerniesInsiders.com.