(Akron, OH) - Looking several shades closer to the NFL
champions of last season, the Cleveland Browns staged
a late goal line stand to trip the Green Bay Packers,
13-7, Saturday night in an exhibition game at the Akron
Rubber Bowl. The defense, extremely porous in last
week's loss to the College All-Stars, did a good job of
containing the versatile Tobin Rote all evening but saved
the best for the last. With the crowd, announced at
22,000, sensing the first Packer victory in the sixth
meeting of the two teams, Rote engineered a late drive
that carried to the Cleveland four. Then with time running
out, Rote attempted to go wide on fourth down with a
yard needed for the first down. Carlton Massey cracked
in to throw him for a two-yard loss and Cleveland had the
ball and their first victory of 1955. There was just 1:14 left
and George Ratterman, who passed and handled the
team in excellent style, killed it off with plays into the
line. Ratterman, getting much better protection than he
received against the Collegians, hit the mark on 17 of 22
passes for 184 yards. He was at his best finding the
cross targets in the not too deep downfield.  Fullback
Fred (Curly) Morrison burst through the line for eight
yards and the lone Cleveland touchdown at 4:14 of the
second quarter. Lou Groza accounted for the other
Browns' points on a pair of field goals and the extra point
from placement. The Toe, who missed three-point tries from the 35 and the 33, split the uprights from the 15 with only seconds left in the first half.
Then late in the third quarter he again found the target from the 20, to hike the Cleveland margin to 13-7 and complete the night's scoring. Rote, who did not have one of his better nights throwing the ball with 14 completions in 29 tosses for 101 yards, sneaked one yard for the Green Bay touchdown in the first quarter. Fred Cone added the extra point and that ended the point making of the team that downed the New York Giants, 31-24, in an exhibition last week. Paul Brown, unhappy about the loss to the Collegians, had more reason for optimism after this evening's performance. Despite the hot humid night, the Browns looked strong all the way and showed improvement on both offense and defense. End Bill Howton of Green Bay, one of the best receivers in the league, gave the Cleveland secondary considerable trouble. He picked up 67 yards on three catches to lead the Packers' reception committee.
The Browns' aerial defense responded to the Rote-Howton threat in pretty good shape, picking off four of Tobin's throws. Warren Lahr, Tommy James, Henry Ford and Don Paul all came through with interceptions. Green Bay, which how has dropped five exhibitions and one regular season game to Cleveland, came up with a new punter in Dick Deschaine, a fellow who previously played only sandlot football. He kicked three times and had a respectable 43-yard average. The Browns showed a nice balance in rushing and passing with 169 yards on the ground and 151 through the air. They gained 320 yards as compared with 260 for the Packers.
​GREEN BAY -  7  0  0  0  -  7
CLEVELAND -  0 10  3  0  - 13
1st - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CLE - Fred Morrison, 8-yard run (Groza kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - CLE - Groza, 15-yard field goal CLEVELAND 10-7
3rd - CLE - Groza, 20-yard field goal CLEVELAND 13-7
but if he feels he can play, he'll play." Kiesling stressed both pass offense and defense in today's workout. He also mixed in a number of running plays, and fullback Fran Rogel looked good getting through the line. Kiesling also had praise for rookie tackle Willie McClung from Florida A&M. He played on both offense and defense, and showed plenty of style both ways, Kiesling said. He stopped the rushes of the backs on defense, and opened holes for them on offense.
AUGUST 25 (Olean, NY) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling today singled out six rookies whom he figured had "a good chance to help us." The six were center Fred Broussard, tackle Frank Varrichione, end Jack McClairen, linebacker John Reger, quarterback Vic Eaton and safetyman Richie McCabe. Winding up his last drill before leaving for Green Bay tomorrow, the Steeler coach also tossed in a plug for quarterback Ted Marchibroda, a veteran of the 1952 team recently discharged from the Army. "Eaton looked very good in his first game against Los Angeles and he has better size for a quarterback than Marchibroda," said Kiesling. "Vic is six feet tall, Teddy only 5-10 - but maybe Marchi's type is what this club needs." Keisling admitted that his present squad was "a little short of the talent we had at a comparable time last year." "The loss of fellows like Bill Walsh, Johnny Lattner, Paul Cameron and a couple of others is bound to be felt," he pointed out. "That Walsh would be hard to replace on any club while Lattner and Cameron figured to be improved players with a year's experience under their belts." Meanwhile, Green Bay Coach Lisle Blackbourn, whose Packers meet the Steelers Saturday night, was also crying the blues. "We didn't play a good game on defense," he said of his team's 13-7 defeat last Saturday by the Cleveland Browns. The Packers yielded one touchdown and two field goals to Cleveland. However, with third and a yard on the Browns' three in the last minute of the game, the offense couldn't make the sticks. Blackbourn said he will make three changes in his lineup for the Steelers. Veryl Switzer will move from offense to defense and will be replaced at right halfback by rookie Allen Muirhead of Mississippi. Linebacker George Timberlake will see some action as an offensive center.
AUGUST 25 (Olean, NY) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will work out here this morning and then go to Buffalo by bus for a plane ride to Green Bay, Wis., and their exhibition game there with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. After arriving in Milwaukee at 3 o'clock, Central Standard Time, tomorrow, the squad will take another bus to Green Bay. The game will start at 10 o'clock Saturday night, Pittsburgh time. Although the team has an 0-2 record in its two exhibitions to date, Coach Walter Kiesling plans to try out several of his rookies again in the Packer game. The Packers are expected to be tough since they held the champion Cleveland Browns to a 13-7 score in a recent exhibition - and the Wisconsin team really should have won. The Steelers will have to leave three players behind with injuries. They are Ed Modzelewski, with a sore back; Lemuel Harkey, with a kidney injury, and Dan McBride, with a bone injury received in an earlier exhibition.
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday announced plans for a new 32,000 seat stadium to meet protests from other NFL teams. "The Packers definitely will stay in Green Bay," Fred Leight, chairman of the Packers stadium committee, said. In recent months other clubs have been putting pressure on the Packers to move to Milwaukee or some other city because of the small stadium in Green Bay and low gate receipts. Green Bay's City Stadium usually is filled to capacity for Packer home games, but it will hold only about 24,000 fans, including several hundred who sit on the grass behind the end zone. The present stadium is made of wood and has been called a fire hazard. The Packers charge the highest prices for tickets in the league in order to make up for the lack of seats, but other club owners have insisted they are not taking enough money out of Green Bay to pay their expenses. This led the Packers to begin playing half of their home games in Milwaukee in 1953, giving each city three homes games and one pre-season exhibition. Preliminary plans for a new single deck steel and concrete stadium have been approved by the Green Bay Board of Education. Some high school athletic events will also be held in the proposed new stadium. "The next step is to get definite cost estimates," said Leight. He said the new structure would be "the best in professional football" because nearly 23,000 seats would located along the sidelines. The field also would have a modern lighting system, replacing the poor one now in use.
AUGUST 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The closest race in the NFL was the prediction by a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will clash with the Packers in an exhibition football game at Green Bay Saturday night. And those words come from a Pittsburgh representative who saw the Steelers take it on the chin, good, from the San Francisco 49ers, 60-14, in their second exhibition start after getting beat by the Los Angeles Rams, 35-24. Ed Kiely, Steeler flag waver, was emphatic with his points Wednesday, insisting that "there's nobody really outstanding" and "the team which is lucky enough to escape serious injury should be in the best position to take the title." "Oh, the Eagles and 49ers look good right now," added Kiely, "but just wait. I wouldn't be surprised if an 8-4 record could win it." If the Eagles and 49ers look like the best bets now, what could cause them trouble? "The 49ers probably  have the best backfield in the business," granted Kiely, "but what if Y.A. Tittle got hurt? That would mean a practically unknown, Maury Duncan, would take over the quarterbacking duties. We know about Duncan. He couldn't make the grade with us and was grabbed by the 49ers. The Eagles, like the Rams, need fullback help. The Lions and Browns were hit the hardest by losses and the Giants have a brittle backfield. But get this one," said Kiely. "The Bears were dickering for a trade with us a week ago, calling themselves the 'greatest football machine since the war'. Remember what happened last Saturday - the supposedly lowly Cardinals drubbed Halas' boys, 21-6." Getting back to his Steelers, a club which was beaten by the Packers, 36-14, in an exhibition last season but came back to win a league affair at Green Bay, 21-20, Kiely insisted the team could go a long way barring injuries. For the record, Pittsburgh was one of the hottest clubs in the league last season, winning four of five starts. Trouble started in the Eagle game, and, as a result, both teams clubbed themselves out of the running. "Jim Finks is our ace in the hole," Kiley said. "He's a quarterback like Green Bay's Rote. Both have shown signs of greatness, yet both need offensive help to click. It was different with Cleveland. And it's going to be a lot different with George Ratterman filling in for Otto Graham. Graham was a player who could do everything perfect, he made Marion Motley - he was that kind." The Steelers' pressing problems are defensive tackles, ends and linebackers. Rookie quarterback Vic Eaton and end Jack McClairen are the real finds of summer camp. Pat O'Donahue, acquired from the 49ers, has earned a starting defensive end spot. Incidentally O'Donaghue will be testing his pro football know-how against another former Badger product. Jim Temp, a defensive end starting for the Packers, was a freshman at Wisconsin while O'Donaghue was a senior during the famed 1951 season. The Steelers will train at St. Norbert College in De Pere for a week following the Packer exhibition. Then it's an Orange Bowl game in Miami against the Lions. Coach Liz Blackbourn will bring his Packers in from their Stevens Point training site Saturday and return Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 15,000 is expected for the Saturday night contest. Blackbourn drilled the Packers through a 2-hour contact session Wednesday in preparation for the Steelers. At the end of the drill, rookie center George Machoukas asked and received permission to return to his home. The Packers now have 45 men at camp.
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling said today he will lavishly use his rookies in tomorrow's game against the Green Bay Packers here. The Steeler coach, defying the outbursts of enraged fans, started the practice in the opening exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams, but it backfired the following week in a 60-14 rout by the San Francisco Forty-Niners. The lopsided walloping failed to deter Kiesling. "Of course, we'll use the rookies again," he said upon his arrival at nearby De Pere, Wis., where the Steelers will headquarter for the next week. "We'll continue to use them until we find out what they can do. We know what our veterans can do. Even if it means another walloping, we must develop these boys and turn them into pros before the season starts. Once the league gets underway, it's too late to experiment." As in the past games, however, Kiesling will use his regular in an all-out first half. Due for plenty of action tomorrow are rookies Jack McClairen, a loose-jointed end from Bethune-Cookman; Frank Varrichione, the No. 1 draft choice from Notre Dame; and little Sid Watson, a tiny fullback who has been converted to left half. "McClairen looks like he's going to be a terrific end," said Kiesling, "but he's not going yo learn anything watching others do it. We haven't even seen Varrichione in action yet and Watson has looked great in scrimmages. Now I want to see him in a game." Rookies or not, Kiesling sees little chance for a Steeler upset against the Packers. "From all I've heard, Blackbourn has a terrific defensive ball club," he said. "That's probably what will lick us. We've been patching so many holes on defense the last two weeks that we haven't worked too hard with our offense. I'm afraid the Packers will be too  much of a test at this stage of the game." As part of his defensive patchwork, Kiesling has supplanted veteran Lou Tepe as a linebacker with rookie John Reger, a 220-pound yearling who started his brief football career at Pitt. "Reger's a cast in point," Kiesling argued. "There's a kid who hasn't even played a season of college ball, yet he looks like our top rookie linebacker. Tepe wouldn't make as many mistakes, but if this kid is going to make mistakes, now is the time for it. They'll be too costly a month from now." The Steelers will return to St. Norbert's College immediately after tomorrow's game. Sunday will be an off-day, but two-a-day drills will resume Monday. The squad will depart Thursday for Miami.
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Weeping skies are forecast
today for the Pittsburgh Steeler-Green Bay Packer
preseason game before an estimated 15,000 rain-coated
fans in City Stadium tomorrow night. Although the 
Steelers still were seeking their first win on the 
preseason tour, Head Coach Walt Kiesling indicated he
planned to continue his "look at the rookie" policy. The
Packers, who have a one-and-one record thus far, will
counter with a starting lineup of ten veterans and Hank
Bullough, a husky guard from Michigan State. This
fellow, a member of the All-Star squad, reported late but
still ousted Jack Spinks, a former Steeler, from the 
offensive eleven. Spinks, a fullback with Pittsburgh, has
been converted to a guard by Coach Lisle Blackbourn.
The game could mark the Steelers' final appearance in
the present stadium site. Local city authorities, proud of
their pro football heritage, voted this week to generally remark the entire area. Primarily the stands will be dismantled and the seating capacity increased to approximately 33,000. The present capacity is 23,000. By this move, the Packers, member of the NFL since its inception in 1921, hope to scotch perennial rumors that the franchise must vacate this comparatively small community of 60,000 citizens. The Packers hold a 31 to 28 win over the New York Giants but dropped a close, 13-7, game to the Cleveland Browns. The Rooneymen, on the other hand, lost to Los Angeles, 35-24, and were walloped by San Francisco, 60-14. Kiesling said the only change in the starting lineup would be Frank Varrichione, the No. 1 draft choice from Notre Dame, who just joined the club, and will play right tackle. The rest of the team will be the same as the club which opened against the Rams and 49ers. However, the coaches plan to get a good look at quarterback Ted Marchibroda and Ed
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Plans to enlarge City Stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers, have been approved by one municipal committee but have a long way to go before new seats are added. The Board of Education, at a meeting this week, approved preliminary plans providing 9,000 new seats to the stadium which now holds 24,000. Mayor Otto Rachals said a cost estimate was expected to be ready in time for the next meeting of the Common Council Finance Committee September 1. He said it would then be up to the committee to recommend the size of a bond issue to pay for the project and a date for a voters' referendum.
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers are one touchdown favorites to whip the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL exhibition game here Saturday night. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's team has split two previous exhibitions while the Steelers have lost twice. A crowd of at least 15,000 is expected to be on hand when the game gets underway at 8 p.m. Blackbourn plans to use his rookies as much as possible against the Steelers. Charlie Brackins of Prairie View A&M (Texas) will handle the quarterbacking chores, and veteran Tobin Rote will sit on the sidelines unless needed. The Packers arrived here Saturday afternoon - 45 strong - from their training camp at Stevens Point. All were ready to play except tackle Bill Lucky, still recovering from an appendectomy. Blackbourn sent squad through a light tapering off drill Friday. Emphasis was on offensive and defensive assignments.
EXHIBITION - Cleveland Browns 13, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 7
Saturday August 20th 1955 (at Akron, OH)
AUGUST 20 (Olean, NY) - The faltering Steelers, still reeling under the impact of last week's 60-14 loss to San Francisco, will try to get on the winning track again this week. The tottering minions of Rooney U. play the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Saturday night in the third exhibition of the current campaign. In earlier starts, the Steelers dropped a 35-24 decision to the over-rated Los Angeles Rams as well as the loss to the Forty-Niners. The Packers opened with a 31-27 win over the New York Giants. They make their second pre-season appearance against the Cleveland Browns at Akron, Ohio. The Packers, undoubtedly will be favored over the Black and Gold. Coach Liz Blackbourn has a veteran team returning, together with an outstanding rookie and three promising castoffs who appear to be thriving in their new surroundings. The rookie is end Jim Temp of Wisconsin, one of the defensive stars of the recent College All-Star game. The castoffs are Gary Knafelc, dropped last year by the Chicago Cardinals, guard Joe Skibinski, who played with the Browns before entering the service, and tackle Tom Dahms, who was picked up from Los Angeles.  Knafelc, the Cardinals' No. 2 draft choice a year ago, scored the Packers' game-winning touchdown with 45 minutes to play against the Giants. The Packers also have a Steeler who failed to make the grade in two tries with the club. He is Jack Spinks, a 238-pound fullback with the Black and Gold, who has been switched to offensive guard by Blackbourn. Otherwise, the Packers are the same team that whipped Pittsburgh in an exhibition and lost the league opener in 1954. The backfield is composed of Tobin Rote, Breezy Reid, Al Carmichael and Howie Ferguson. In reserve is flashy Veryl Switzer, one of the rookie finds of a year ago. Steeler coach Walt Kiesling will field a team sorely beset by a dearth of good players in several positions. So far, he has been unable to find a defensive end, tackle or linebacker of pro caliber. Offensively, he has been lamenting a weakness at guard. The game will be the first appearance for four Steeler rookies. In addition to tackle Frank Varrichione of Notre Dame and end Ed Bernet of Southern Methodist, both of whom played with the All-Stars. The Steelers will field halfback Bill Staudenmaier of Chattanooga and center Mike Soltis, Wake Forest, for the first time. The latter two reported to the club Wednesday following a semester of summer school work for Soltis and an ROTC training period for Staudenmaier. The Steelers will leave Buffalo for Milwaukee via air Friday morning. From Milwaukee, a bus will transport the squad to St. Norbert's College, West De Pere, Wis., where it will stay until its departure for Miami Beach, a week from next Thursday.
AUGUST 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Scoring opportunities come too hard in pro ball to be muffed and when you muff 'em you lose. Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers had a golden opportunity to beat Cleveland in the closing minutes at Akron Saturday night, muffed it down on the four and you know the rest. They lost, 13-7. Monday back in camp, the coaches, the whole team in fact, still fretted over the lapse or lapses which let the victory, or at least a tie, elude them."You've got to give the other side, the defense, credit of course," Blackbourn said, "but we feel we made it a little easy for them with what we did. With a yard to go against a massed defense down there, you think twice before you use a fullback draw with all its delay, but we used it. And with the same yard to go, against what was almost a nine man line, you think twice before you try a rollout pass, but we used that, too. Those were real doubtful plays and Tobin (Rote) who called them was the first to admit it later. Maybe with something else, we wouldn't have scored, either. They were a much improved team over what they were in the All-Star game. We have the feeling, though, we didn't do ourselves any good down there. We made it a little easy for them." The crucial plays occurred after the Packers had strung together five straight first downs to Cleveland's 13 and then on two more plays had moved down to the four. The licking was the sixth straight suffered by Green Bay at Cleveland's hands - five in exhibitions and one in a league game...GEORGE TIMBERLAKE SHIFTED TO CENTER: Monday, Blackbourn made a couple of moves on his squad checkerboard. George Timberlake, the rugged Southern California boy who has never been anything except a guard or linebacker, was installed at offensive center. And Allen Muirhead, the Mississippi jackrabbit, fastest boy on the squad who have never played anything by a defensive halfback in his month on the squad, was moved over to offensive left half. The experiments follow such other conversions as turning fullback Jack Spinks into a guard, end Gene Knutson into a tackle and end Doyle Nix into a defensive halfback, all of which have begun to pan out very well. No more cuts will be made until after the Pittsburgh game at Green Bay Saturday night. With 46 boys in camp, including Bill Lucky, the big tackle who had an appendectomy a couple of weeks ago, 11 more men must go...JOHN HLAY TRADED TO GIANTS: John Hlay, Ohio State rookie fullback just out of the Army, was traded Sunday to the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice. "Hlay deserves to play in this league," Blackbourn said, "but we just didn't room for him with such linebackers as Bettis, Zatkoff, Teteak and Timberlake around. You can carry only so many."
AUGUST 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The NFL exhibition card produced some surprising results Saturday - the Giants beating the 49ers, and the Cardinals knocking off the Bears. "Upsets? Certainly not," was Coach Liz Blackbourn's reply. "It won't be until the play for keeps begins that the sheep will be separated from the goats." This is strictly a testing period for the pros, who are carrying an average of 45 men. When September 25 rolls around, the 33-man squads will unfold the haves and the have-nots. Blackbourn, reporting on his loss to the Browns, first announced that John Hlay, a defensive linebacker from Ohio States, has been traded to the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice in 1956. It was Blackbourn's indication that the Packer defensive secondary is pretty well off. But getting back to the loss to Celveland, a defeat which marked the fifth straight exhibition Green Bay has dropped to the Browns, Blackbourn made the following observations: "The Browns, obviously hard-nosed about losing to the All-Stars, were dead serious about winning this one. But we have a lot of chances to take them and couldn't cash in." Blackbourn was reflecting the Packers' last minute drive which reached the Browns' four-yard line before Tobin Rote was thrown for a two-yard loss and Cleveland had the ball and its first victory of 1955. Why did Rote run wide rather than give the ball to a fullback, for instance, for the one year needed for the first down? This was the second-guessing question. "Rote certainly spearheaded a comeback drive, moving from our own 20 to Cleveland's four," was Blackbourn's unanswered reply. It was obvious the Packer mentor would save his remarks for Rote and Co. But Blackbourn did point out that his Packers weren't the inspired club which set back the Giants, 31-24, one week earlier. It could be the Browns were out to make up for their humiliation by the Collegians and the Packers were travel weary. For the record, the Packers hedged-hopped from their Stevens Point training site to Akron while the Browns slipped in from their Ohio camp 28 miles away. A bus trip to Milwaukee, two small commercial flights to Cleveland, and another extended motor voyage to Akron in 98-degree temperature certainly wasn't conducive to playing headsup ball against champions. "It was a good night in other respects," added Liz. "Our offensive line protected Rote very good and out bunch showed they could come back. It's too bad we couldn't cash in on that final drive. It was a beauty." But this was an exhibition, a testing ground. The Packers get their third chance to iron out their troubles against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Saturday night. And when the Packers return to play the Browns at Cleveland in an October league game, it could be a different story. Maybe Green Bay will travel like a major league club and maybe the fall weather will inspire rock 'em, sock 'em football.
AUGUST 23 (Olean, NY) - Halfback Lynn Chadnois, 
after a year's exile in Coach Walter Kieslin's doghouse,
suddenly has turned into the golden boy of the Steelers'
training camp here. All because the bounding halfback
from Michigan State is running as he never ran before 
as a pro. "Lynn looks like he's going to have a great
year," said Kiesling yesterday as he watched his rangy,
little 205-pounder blast through the line and explode to
the outside. "That boy really turns it on when he wants
to," continued Kiesling. "I don't know what was biting 
him a year ago, but he's certainly shown me a lot of
football this year." The Steeler coach is not one for
figures, but the statisticians would tell him that 
Chadnois, in two exhibition games, is the team's 
leading ground gainer by a considerable margin. 
Kiesling recalls two runs that contributed to the
insurance salesman's lofty rating. One was a 32-yard
blast from the Steelers' five-yard line against the Los
Angeles Rams. The other was a 13-yard trip to the three against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. "When Lynn runs like that," said Kiesling. "He's bound to hurt somebody and it won't be the Steelers. With his speed and power, he should be the league's leading ground gainer." Chadnois, a brooder, was down in the dumps a year ago. Kiesling contributed to that attitude in the early days of training camp when he, without warning, installed Johnny Lattner as the Steelers' No. 1 right halfback. The demotion hurt Chadnois' pride. As an old pro, he felt that Lattner should have to win the job, that it shouldn't be handed to him on a silver platter. Chadnois won his starting job back before the season ended, but by then the damage was done. The Steelers were a badly disorganized team and the blocking, at that pathetic stage, was useless. His job secure once more, Chadnois is pouring it one. At last he is showing the form that made him an unanimous All-America choice in 1948-49 and won him a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1952. The Steelers concentrated yesterday on a defense to use against the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay, Wis., Saturday night. Two casualties of Sunday's scrimmage, tackle Tom Palmer and halfback Lem Harkey, were back in action. Vic Eaton, the No. 2 quarterback, has been shifted to the defensive platoon and will play both ways against the Packers. The versatile signal-caller from Missouri further cemented his chances of making the club by taking over the team's secondary punting duties. Cy Pollack, a defensive end from Boston University, quit the squad and returned to his home in Buffalo.
AUGUST 23 (Stevens Point) - The Packers cast around for new specialists Tuesday and also took a look at plays expected from Pittsburgh in Saturday's exhibition at Green Bay. After the regular drills, coach Liz Blackbourn had quarterback Charlie Brackins testing as a field goal kicker. He also tried defensive safetyman Bobby Dillon on kickoff and punt returns. Brackins kicked five straight field goals from 45 yards out. Dillon worked alongside Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer on the punt returns.
AUGUST 24 (Olean, NY) - Burly Ernie Stautner will be back with the Steelers this year but an aching back threatened to end the career of fullback Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski. Stautner, operator of a drive-in theater at Saranac Lake, N.Y., telephoned Coach Walter Kiesling yesterday to report that he would join the team at West De Pere, Wis., next week. But at the same time, Modzelewski, 215-pound fullback who has been expected to share blocking duties with Franny Rogel, was complaining of a back injury that appears to be chronic. The former University of Maryland All-American was sidelined by a similar injury the biggest part of the 1952 campaign. His back bothered him again on the West Coast two weeks ago, preventing his appearance in the game against the Los Angeles Rams and curtailing his efficiency against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. "That back has been a problem since he joined us," Kiesling said yesterday. "Now it looks like he's not going to be able to play against the Packers." The Steelers meet the Packers at Green Bay Saturday night. They will headquarter the following week at St. Norbert's College, West De Pere, Wis., prior to their game with the Detroit Lions at Miami September 2. Stautner's decision to return to the Steelers surprised few of his coaches and teammates. His absence from the squad angered Kiesling, however, and he threatened to dock the big, 235-pound tackle for the days he was late reporting. The Steelers made no announcement as to the contract terms between the club and Stautner. He will sign upon his arrival in camp. Stautner annually reports late. His excuse is that he is unable to hire movie projectionists and must operated the machines himself. It was not known whether Stautner would report in time for Saturday's game, but Kiesling insisted that he will not play against the Packers and probably not against the Lions the following week.
AUGUST 24 (Olean, NY) - Big Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, Steeler fullback who has been complaining of a chronic back injury and who, it was feared, might not be able to compete against the Packers at Green Bay Saturday, was back in uniform and running today in the daily drills. The 215-pound back didn't take part in scrimmage, but he was in uniform and was sprinting about the field to keep in shape for Saturday's game. "Whether we can use him in the exhibition with the Packers remains to be seen," Coach Walter Kiesling said tonight. "In fact, it is about his decision. I wouldn't want to have him aggregate the condition,
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - The Steelers are in town today to play the Green Bay Packers, but if you were to talk to these rabid football fans you'd never know it. All they remember is Pat Brady, the team's punting specialist who broke the Packers' back a year ago. They're still talking about the tremendous boot Brady laid to the leather as Pittsburgh won last year's NFL opener, 21-20. "As long as I live," said Ben Laird, an old-line Green Bay fan and former Packer broadcaster, "I'll never forget that kick. It broke our backs." Bonnie Ryan, the Packers' publicity agent, was almost emphatic. "The Steelers deserved to win," he said. "They gained five hundred and some yards to about two hundred for us, but I don't think they'd have won if Brady hadn't kicked the ball as far as he did." The fabulous boot which is the subject of so much conversation was the Steeler punter's last ditch effort from his own end zone. The ball traveled 78 yards in the air and was caught on the fly by halfback Al Carmichael, a Steeler threat tonight. Tonight's game, which starts at 10 p.m. Pittsburgh time, doesn't have the tension or the drama that marked the 1954 opener, but it's fraught with excitement anyhow. For Green Bay's rabid fans - rabid enough for a town of 55,000 to consider floating a bond issue to finance a 32,000 seat stadium - the bell rings tonight, the Packers first 1955 appearance at home. They've all but sold out the 24,000-seat stadium. Brady and his Bunyan-like boots notwithstanding, the Packers are seven point favorites. Coach Walt Kiesling agrees with the handicappers. Fullback Ed Modzelewski, halfback Lem Harkey and end Dan McBride, all injured, were left back in Olean, N.Y.