"I don't want a player going home to his wife and complaining," he says. "I don't want wives griping about the treatment of their husbands. A whiner is almost always wrong; if he isn't doing well he knows it and we know it. If he goes home and complains to his wife, she'll make it a big thing, and it shouldn't be. Wives have no place in pro football. If a player is not producing, we'll tell him. I tell the players when they come to camp that the coaches will never raise their voices or curse the players, but we will always let them know where they stand. They know that."
Brown, incidentally, imposes the same restrictions on himself as he does on the team. Although he takes an occasional social drink during the off season, he gives it up entirely—along with gin rummy and golf—from the day he goes to camp until after the Browns play their final game of the season.
A few years ago, during a road trip, a Cleveland official gave a champagne party for Brown to celebrate his birthday. Brown attended only briefly and he refused the champagne.
"I'm going to eat with the team," he told his host. "I insist that they don't drink. So I don't drink either."
Brown wants his players to be fit and intelligent. Almost every man on his team has a degree; the ones who do not can earn a bonus by going back to college to acquire one. Tommy James, one of the Browns' best defensive backs, was given $500 for getting his. Each year Brown has had players take an intelligence test (SI, August 7, 1961); some of the questions:
"If Mr. Lawson pays $65 a month rent and earns a salary of $3,120 a year, what percent of his salary does he pay for rent?
"What is the opposite of diminutive—distraught, large, inductive or reluctant?
"If lemons sell at three for 10¢, how much will a dozen and a half cost?
"If the sequence of numbers is 4, 6, 3, 7, 9, 6, 10 what should be the next number?"
The Browns have been given as many as 126 questions of this kind to answer. Some finish the whole examination. Others skip through and mark down the answers they are sure of.