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CLEVELAND – Bill Glass, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive end with Cleveland and a member of the Browns’ 1964 NFL championship team, is dead. He was 86.
The Browns said Glass died Sunday night surrounded by family at his home in Waxahachie, Texas. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Glass spent seven seasons with the Browns, who bought him from the Detroit Lions as part of the deal with quarterback Milt Plum.
Glass is an all-American offensive guard at Baylor and switched to defense when he began his pro career in 1957 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. A year later, I joined the Lions, who had drafted him with the overall number 12.
Glass spent four seasons with Detroit before moving to Cleveland, where he became a star. He was credited with 16½ sacks in 1965, when they were not recognized as an official state by the league.
Glass finished with 87½ sacks and got 77½ in his seven seasons with the Browns. He retired after the 1968 season and was inducted into the Brown Legends program in 2007.
After retiring, Glass, who was born in Texarkana, Texas, started his own ministry, Bill Glass Behind the Walls, and worked hard to help reformers.