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For the Australian track and field athlete, see Paul Cleary (athlete).
Paul Cleary Nick name= Gavin
End / Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1922-02-07)February 7, 1922
Place of birth: North Loup, Nebraska
Date of death: January 8, 1996(1996-01-08) (aged 73)
Place of death: Laguna Beach, California
Career information
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1948 / Round: 10 / Pick: 77
(By the Detroit Lions)
Debuted in 1948 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1949 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
* New York Yankees (1948)
Career highlights and awards
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Receptions     4
Receiving yards     37
Touchdowns     0
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Paul Hanson Cleary (born February 7, 1922 in North Loup, Nebraska – died January 8, 1996 in Laguna Beach, California) was a professional American football end in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). A 10th round selection (77th overall pick) of the 1948 National Football League Draft, he played two seasons for the AAFC's New York Yankees (1948) and Chicago Hornets (1949). He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans (USC) after playing for Santa Ana College teams in 1941 and 1942.

Military service

Cleary spent three years in the United States Army, serving in the Pacific Theater and in the Occupation of Japan, rising to the rank of first lieutenant.

College career

He was discharged just in time to enroll at Southern California and join the football team in 1946. He was All-American in 1947, and Coach Jeff Cravath said, "He's the finest end who ever played at Southern California."[citation needed] In 1973 the Los Angeles Times selected all-time Southern California teams, and Cleary was at end on the pre-1950 lineup.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Post College

Cleary settled in South Laguna, California. He was with R.J. Noble Co., contractors, serving as president, then chairman of the board.

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