Orlando, FL Pro Football Player Dies, Jun 1963



Cleveland (AP) - The accidental electrocution Tuesday of DON FLEMING, defensive halfback for the Cleveland Browns, made him the third Browns football player to die this year. Veteran sports experts could not remember when a professional team was so hard hit by tragedy.
The other two to die were halfback ERNIE DAVIS and TOM BLOOM who graduated from Purdue last year. DAVIS, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1961 while playing for Syracuse died of leukemia May 18.
BLOOM, sixth draft choice of the Browns, was killed in an automobile accident early this year after signing with the National Football league club.
Brown's president Arthur B. Modell, whose feelings for DAVIS were more than that of an executive, had difficulty expressing his feelings over the death of FLEMING in a construction
accident in Orlando, Fla.
FLEMING, 25, and WALTER SMITH of Sanford, Fla., were killed when a drag line they were operating brushed against an electric wire. They were working on a pipeline.
A graduate of the University of Florida, where he played with Brown's linebacker Bernie Parrish, FLEMING was married and had one son. A resident of Shadyside, Ohio, FLEMING became a regular safety man with the Browns in 1960 after refusing to sign with the Chicago Cardinals, who drafted him.

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