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Bengals Owner Mike Brown Praises NFL Legend: 'The Greatest Quarterback I Ever Saw Play'

This is high praise for one of the best signal-callers in NFL history.

CINCINNATI — Bengals owner Mike Brown has watched plenty of quarterbacks over the years. 

From stars like Boomer Esiason and Ken Anderson to disappointments like Akili Smith—Brown has seen it all. 

The 85-year-old recently sat down with Dave Lapham to discuss his football life. Naturally, Lapham asked Brown about his interactions with Cleveland Browns legend Otto Graham.

"He was in my mind the greatest quarterback I ever saw play. I believe that then and I believe it today," Brown said. "He was very coordinated. He could move and throw the ball. He won. They went to the final game with him I think something like nine straight years and won about half of those. It's the equivalent of the Super Bowl today.

"He was just a guy who could win and he won under real pressing circumstances. He won going away, he won all sorts of different ways. He was accurate, could find the open guys and could move and run if he had to. He made the Browns a special team."

Graham led Cleveland to three championships. He was a seven-time All-Pro and is a Hall of Famer. 

Brown's father, Paul Brown, coached and co-founded the Cleveland Browns in 1946. That connection helped Mike get a first-hand look at Graham and other Cleveland greats. 

The Browns built a statue of Graham outside of First Energy Stadium in 2019. 

Sep 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; A general view of the newly erected statue of former Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham outside of FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of people that say Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback ever. Some believe it's Joe Montana or Peyton Manning. 

Brown thinks it's Graham, which is high praise from a man that's watched and been around football for most of his life. 

Listen to Lapham's entire conversation with Brown below. 

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