Charley Scales

Charley Scales is a former professional American football player who played running back for seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons. His final season was played in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes, for which he played 13 games, gaining 370 yards on 101 carries, with 2 touchdowns.

Charley Scales
Born:January 11, 1938 (age 81)
United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s)Running back
CollegeIndiana University
Career history
As player
1960–1961Pittsburgh Steelers
1962–1965Cleveland Browns
1966Atlanta Falcons
1967Montreal Alouettes

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

A Pittsburgh native, Scales played his first two NFL seasons with the Steelers, signing with the team as a free agent.[1] As a backup to fullback John Henry Johnson, Scales carried the ball 26 times for 81 yards in 1960 and 50 times for 184 yards in 1961. He did not score a touchdown as a member of the Steelers.[2]

Cleveland Browns

Scales was traded to Cleveland prior to the 1962 exhibition season for one of Cleveland's two 1963 fifth round draft picks (the Browns had acquired a second fifth round pick in a trade with Detroit).[3] Scales was acquired, according to Browns head coach Paul Brown, to compete with Preston Powell as a backup fullback to Jim Brown. Coach Brown said that Scales had "bothered" the Browns in exhibition games. That, plus the fact that the Steelers had selected fullback Bob Ferguson in the first round of the 1962 NFL Draft, thus making Scales expendable, prompted the trade.[4]


  1. ^ Chuck Heaton (March 27, 1962). ""Browns Acquire Steelers' Scales"". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  2. ^ "Charlie Scales Statistics on". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cleveland Browns Draft History 1960s". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Chuck Heaton (March 27, 1962). ""Browns Acquire Steelers' Scales"". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
1960 NFL Draft

The 1960 National Football League Draft in which NFL teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, was held at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on November 30, 1959. Many players, including half of those drafted in the first round, signed with teams in the newly created American Football League, including the first overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. At the time of the draft, the Cardinals were still the Chicago Cardinals; they moved to St. Louis in March 1960. The Dallas Cowboys were enfranchised in January 1960 after the draft.

1962 Cleveland Browns season

The 1962 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 13th season with the National Football League.

1963 Cleveland Browns season

The 1963 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 14th season with the National Football League.

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown led the league in rushing for the 6th time in seven seasons. As a team, the 1963 Browns gained an NFL-record 5.74 yards per carry.

1964 Cleveland Browns season

The 1964 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 19th season, and 15th season with the National Football League. The Browns won the NFL Championship, despite having not made the playoffs in six seasons.

1965 Cleveland Browns season

The 1965 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 16th season with the National Football League.

With an NFL-best 11–3 mark, the 1965 team finished just a shade better than the year before (10–3–1) and, just as they had in 1964, the Browns returned to the NFL Championship Game; however, this time, they lost 23–12 to the Green Bay Packers in the last title contest held before the advent of the Super Bowl. It would be the first of three straight NFL crowns for the Packers, who went on to win the first two Super Bowls as well.

With his partner at wide receiver, 1964 rookie sensation Paul Warfield, missing almost all of the season with a broken collarbone, Gary Collins stepped up and led the Browns with 10 touchdown receptions, just less than half of the team's total of 23.

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, in what would turn out to be his final year before his unexpected retirement in the offseason, rushed for 1,544 yards, 98 more than the year before, and exceeded his TD total by 10, scoring 17 times. Quarterback Frank Ryan, who had thrown 25 TD passes in both 1963 and 1964, had just 18 in 1965 with 13 interceptions. His yardage was down considerably, too, to 1,751, as was his rating (75.3).

The Browns had a stretch in which they won nine of 10 games, something the 1964 team did not come close to matching. And whereas the 1964 team needed to capture its regular-season finale to clinch the Eastern Conference title, the 1965 Browns claimed the championship with several weeks left, which explains why they were clobbered 42–7 in the next-to-last game by a Los Angeles Rams team that finished last in the Western Conference at 4–10; The Browns rested a lot of their starters and were just trying to get out of that game with no injuries.

Thus, the Browns could have very easily been 12–2. However, there was no such explanation for the Browns' only other one-sided loss, a 49–13 home decision to the St. Louis Cardinals. Although the Cards finished tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for next-to-last place in the East at 5–9, they were arguably the Browns' fiercest rival throughout the entire 1960s.

Larry Benz

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List of Pittsburgh Steelers players

The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared in at least one regular season or postseason game for the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL franchise. Note: The years listed are those in which players made an appearance in a game.

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