Cleveland Native, Ex-Browns Player Dies At 78

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jim "Jughead" Martin, a defensive lineman and kicker who won four NFL championships with Cleveland and Detroit, has died. He was 78.

Martin's daughter Beverly said he died of throat cancer Wednesday at Corona (Calif.) Regional Medical Center.

The Browns drafted Martin out of Notre Dame in the second round in 1950 as a defensive tackle, and the team won the title in its first year in the league. The Browns traded Martin to the Lions the next year for a first-round draft choice.

Martin stayed with the Lions for the next 11 years, helping them win championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957. He spent his last two seasons with the Colts and Redskins.

Martin had six career interceptions, and his best year as a kicker came in 1963 with Baltimore, when he made 24 of 39 field goals.

Martin grew up in Cleveland and got his nickname when a friend thought Martin's crew cut made him resemble the "Jughead" character from Archie comics.

After serving with the Marines in World War II, Martin went to Notre Dame, where he was a receiver and played on the offensive and defensive lines.

Survivors include four daughters, two sons and several grandchildren. Services were planned for next week in Norco, Calif.

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