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Don Fleming
Date of birth: June 11, 1937(1937-06-11)
Place of birth: Bellaire, Ohio
Date of death: June 4, 1963 (aged 25)
Career information
Position(s): Safety
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 28 / Pick: 327
 As player:
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
Career highlights and awards
Retired #s: Cleveland Browns #46
Playing stats at

Donald Denver Fleming (June 11, 1937 - June 4, 1963) was an American football defensive back who played for the University of Florida and the Cleveland Browns.


Playing career

The Florida Gators' captain in 1958, Fleming was selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the 28th round of the 1959 NFL Draft. He did not see any action that year and successfully urged Chicago to trade him to the Browns before the 1960 season. Over the following three seasons, Fleming played regularly at safety and intercepted 10 passes. He made The Sporting News All-NFL team in 1962.


At the time, many NFL players had to take off-season jobs to supplement their income from football. Fleming and 2 co-workers were working on a construction job for a bank, where some electrical wires in the hole got loose by a leaky pipe, Winter Park, Florida when they were electrocuted. His death came only a few weeks after that of Ernie Davis, the overall No. 1 NFL draft pick in 1962 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, his alma mater, is named in his memory. When the Browns practiced at Case Western Reserve University, the field they used also carried Fleming's name.

Fleming's brother, Ty, was formerly the athletic director at Shadyside High School[1].

Other sources

  • Carroll, Bob, et al. (1999). Total Football II. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-270174-6.




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