Paul Cleary (American Football)
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Paul Cleary American Football
Paul Cleary
Position:End / Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1922-02-07)February 7, 1922
North Loup, Nebraska
Died:January 8, 1996(1996-01-08) (aged 73)
Laguna Beach, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Santa Ana (CA)
NFL Draft:1948 / Round: 10 / Pick: 77
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:37
Player stats at

Paul Hanson Cleary (February 7, 1922 - January 8, 1996) was a professional American football end in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). A 10th round selection (77th overall pick) of the 1948 National Football League Draft, he played two seasons for the AAFC's New York Yankees (1948) and Chicago Hornets (1949). He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans (USC) after playing for Santa Ana College teams in 1941 and 1942.

Military service

Cleary spent three years in the United States Army, serving in the Pacific Theater and in the Occupation of Japan, rising to the rank of first lieutenant.

College career

He was discharged just in time to enroll at Southern California and join the football team in 1946. He was All-American in 1947, and Coach Jeff Cravath said, "He's the finest end who ever played at Southern California."[] In 1973 the Los Angeles Times selected all-time Southern California teams, and Cleary was at end on the pre-1950 lineup.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.


Cleary settled in South Laguna, California. He was with R.J. Noble Co., contractors, serving as president, then chairman of the board.

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