Warren Lahr

Warren Lahr (September 5, 1923 – January 19, 1969) was a professional American football defensive back who played for the Cleveland Browns for 11 seasons, mainly in the 1950s. He has the second-most career interceptions in Browns team history, with 44.

Lahr grew up in Pennsylvania and played on his local high school's football team. After graduating, he attended Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and played football there as a reserve in 1942. He then served for three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to Western Reserve in 1946 and became a star for the team as a left halfback for two seasons.

Lahr was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) in the 1947 draft. He signed, however, with the Browns of the rival All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Lahr sat out the 1948 season with an injured knee, but quickly became a regular on defense the following season. He stayed with the Browns through 1959, a period during which the team won one AAFC championship and three NFL championships after merging into that league in 1950.

Lahr has the second-most career interceptions in Browns history, trailing only Thom Darden. After leaving the Browns, Lahr settled in Aurora, Ohio and served as a color commentator for Browns games between 1963 and 1967. He died of a heart attack in 1969 at the age of 45.

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