Hall of Famer Mike McCormack dies at 83

Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack, who helped build the Browns into champions and bring the Panthers to existence, died this morning at the age of 83.

The Panthers confirmed the news this afternoon.

McCormack was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1984 after his career with the Browns, for which coach Paul Brown called him “the finest offensive lineman I have ever coached.” Teaming with Otto Graham, he helped the Browns win two championships and was named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary all-time team.

But his impact on the Panthers might have been even greater. He served as a consultant to owner Jerry Richardson through the expansion process, and was then named the team’s first president.

“It is safe to say that we would probably not have a team in the Carolinas if it were not for Mike McCormack,” Richardson said in a statement. “He had the contacts in the National Football League and was universally respected by everyone associated with professional football. He was a wonderful man and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann, and the entire McCormack family.”

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10 responses to “Hall of Famer Mike McCormack dies at 83

  1. Rest in peace Mike McCormack. He also played a pivotal role in the development of the Seattle Seahawks, serving as coach and then leater as GM and president from 1982-1989. McCormack recruited head coach Chuck Knox to join the team in 1983, and the two overhauled the team with Knox veterans like Cullen Bryant and Reggie McKenzie and the addition of Penn State phenomenon Curt Warner, leading to the Seahawks’ first playoff appearance.

    Regardless of what people think about the Seahawks now, they were an awful franchise when McCormack arrived in Seattle, and a much better one when he left.

  2. It is rare that a name in football comes down the pike that I don’t recognize with my football knowledge, but this is one of them. He was a former Browns player that played with the Legend Otto Graham and a HOF’er. Since linemen (other than the Packer linemen) rarely got their due on the old NFL Films videos I grew up watching it is understandable that he flew under my football radar. May he rest in peace.

  3. @chocopuppy: Same guy. He was the president and HC of the Seahawks, the head coach of the Eagles, and held many other positions. Eagle Nation sends it’s prayers to the family.

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