Don Fleming (American football)
Don Fleming No. 46 Safety Personal information Date of birth: June 11, 1937 Place of birth: Bellaire, Ohio Date of death: June 4, 1963(aged 25) Place of death: Winter Park, Florida High School: Shadyside High School
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 188 lb (85 kg) Career information College: University of Florida NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 28 / Pick: 327 Debuted in 1960 for the Cleveland Browns Last played in 1962 for the Cleveland Browns Career history Career highlights and awards Interceptions 10 Stats at NFL.com Stats at pro-football-reference.com Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
Donald Denver "Don" Fleming (June 11, 1937 – June 4, 1963) was an American college and professional football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons in the early 1960s. Fleming played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. His professional football career was cut short by his accidental death in 1963.
Fleming attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Bob Woodruff's Florida Gators football team from 1956 to 1958. Fleming was the Gators' team captain in 1958, and he finished his college football career as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. Woodruff ranked him as the Gators' best receiver of the 1950s.
The Chicago Cardinals drafted Fleming following his senior football season, but he chose to remain in school and exhaust his remaining NCAA baseball eligibility playing for coach Dave Fuller's Florida Gators baseball team. He was the captain of the Gators baseball team, and led the Gators in home runs and stolen bases.
Fleming was selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the twenty-eighth round (327th pick overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft, but he remained at the University of Florida and did not play during the 1959 NFL season. He successfully urged Chicago management to trade him to the Cleveland Browns before the start of the 1960 season. Fleming was a close friend of another Browns defensive back, Bernie Parrish, a fellow Florida graduate, and the two were said to be almost inseparable during the NFL season. Over the following three years, Fleming played regularly at safety, intercepted ten passes, recovered four fumbles, and made The Sporting News All-NFL team in 1962.
Accidental death and legacy
Fleming, his wife Rosalie and their son Ty lived in his hometown of Shadyside, Ohio during football season, and in Winter Park, Florida during the NFL off-season. As a 25-year-old NFL All-Pro, Fleming was already planning ahead for the day when his professional football career ended. He had majored in building construction at the University of Florida, and had been working as a foreman for a Central Florida construction company during the off-season to stay in shape and gain industry experience. On June 4, 1963, Fleming and a co-worker were operating a crane on a construction site west of Orlando, Florida, when the boom of the crane brushed an overhead 12,000-volt high-tension electrical transmission line. Fleming and his co-worker were electrocuted, and attempts to revive them at the hospital failed.
Earlier the same day, the Browns had announced that Fleming had signed his contract for the 1963 season. His death came only seventeen days after that of Ernie Davis, the overall No. 1 pick in the 1962 NFL Draft, whom the Browns had acquired in a trade. The Browns retired both Davis' uniform number "45" and Fleming's "46" in memory of the players. Fleming Field at Shadyside High School, Fleming's alma mater, is named in his memory. When the Browns practiced at Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (Hiram College), the field house they used also carried Fleming's name.
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- ^ 2009 Florida Gators Baseball Media Guide, Records Book, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 131 (2009). Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Don Fleming. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- ^ a b Associated Press, "Ex-UF Gridder Fleming Is Killed," Daytona Beach Morning Journal, p. 15 (June 5, 1963). Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- ^ a b Jimmy Mann, "Don Fleming: Real Pro," St. Petersburg Times, p. 1-C (June 5, 1963). Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- ^ a b United Press International, "Former Gator Star Is Killed," St. Petersburg Times, p. 1-C (June 5, 1963). Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- ^ United Press International, "Safetyman Fleming of Browns Killed," Lodi News-Sentinel, p. 7 (June 5, 1963). retrieved June 23, 2010.
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