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Throwback Thursday: Brian Sipe
Throwback Thursday: Brian Sipe
Published: 2015/10/14
Channel: Cleveland Browns
Tribute to 1980 NFL MVP Brian Sipe of the Cleveland Browns.
Tribute to 1980 NFL MVP Brian Sipe of the Cleveland Browns.
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: Crazy Cav
1978 Cleveland Browns Brian Sipe is cheap shotted by Pittsburgh
1978 Cleveland Browns Brian Sipe is cheap shotted by Pittsburgh's Jack Lambert.
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: Crazy Cav
Brian Sipe "red right 88" interception (1980 playoffs)
Brian Sipe "red right 88" interception (1980 playoffs)
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Martin Caidin
Jacksonville Bulls QB Brian Sipe Player Profile 1985
Jacksonville Bulls QB Brian Sipe Player Profile 1985
Published: 2015/07/05
Channel: USFL Forever
Brian Sipe
Brian Sipe
Published: 2015/10/17
Channel: Catherine Martin
How cool was Brian Sipe?
How cool was Brian Sipe?
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: ESPNCleveland
1979 Cleveland Browns 25 New York Jets 22 in overtime.
1979 Cleveland Browns 25 New York Jets 22 in overtime.
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: Crazy Cav
Signing Day Special: Brian Sipe 02/01/12
Signing Day Special: Brian Sipe 02/01/12
Published: 2012/02/02
Channel: goaztecscom
Jeff Sipe Trio - 2hr. LIVE Set @ Pisgah Brewery - Black Mountain, NC 11/1/2013
Jeff Sipe Trio - 2hr. LIVE Set @ Pisgah Brewery - Black Mountain, NC 11/1/2013
Published: 2014/12/27
Channel: Barry2theB
Postgame Interviews with Spitzfaden and Sipe of the Rebels, 6-19-12
Postgame Interviews with Spitzfaden and Sipe of the Rebels, 6-19-12
Published: 2012/06/25
Channel: STLMetroLeague
Interview with Makeup Artist Brian Sipe
Interview with Makeup Artist Brian Sipe
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Geek & Run
1979 Dolphins at Browns Game 12
1979 Dolphins at Browns Game 12
Published: 2016/10/03
Channel: Comrade Dobler
The Brown Blues: 1996 TV Documentary on the Cleveland Browns
The Brown Blues: 1996 TV Documentary on the Cleveland Browns
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: reginaldmaplethorp
Red Right 88 recreated. Cleveland Browns 1980
Red Right 88 recreated. Cleveland Browns 1980
Published: 2016/02/13
Channel: Crazy Cav
Jack Lambert Tribute.
Jack Lambert Tribute.
Published: 2011/02/06
Channel: FutureMarine011
Brown Blues
Brown Blues
Published: 2016/02/13
Channel: Comrade Dobler
Behind The Balls- Costa interviews Brian Sipe
Behind The Balls- Costa interviews Brian Sipe
Published: 2012/03/05
Channel: The Show on Rock 105.3
SDSU Live: Interview with Brian Sipe SDSU Quarterbacks Coach
SDSU Live: Interview with Brian Sipe SDSU Quarterbacks Coach
Published: 2009/03/24
Channel: SDSUVideo
Jack Lambert
Jack Lambert's Hardest Hits
Published: 2012/05/02
Channel: TheAlecman123
Brian Sipe turbo Mustang
Brian Sipe turbo Mustang
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: David Loney
Sipe Nation - James 5:16
Sipe Nation - James 5:16
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: Brian Sipe
Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns Jersey
Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns Jersey
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Browns Deals
Terminator Makeup Tutorial | Freakmo Halloween
Terminator Makeup Tutorial | Freakmo Halloween
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: Freakmo
Brian Sipe Interview
Brian Sipe Interview
Published: 2010/04/08
Channel: Lugh Watermann
Fall Practice Update: Brian Sipe 08/16/10
Fall Practice Update: Brian Sipe 08/16/10
Published: 2010/08/24
Channel: goaztecscom
Spring Practice Day 5 - Brian Sipe
Spring Practice Day 5 - Brian Sipe
Published: 2009/05/05
Channel: goaztecscom
09/23/2012 - Spiritual Warfare: The Armor of God - Brian Sipe
09/23/2012 - Spiritual Warfare: The Armor of God - Brian Sipe
Published: 2012/09/23
Channel: Fourteenth Avenue Church of Christ
1978 Cleveland Browns 45 Baltimore Colts 24
1978 Cleveland Browns 45 Baltimore Colts 24
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: Crazy Cav
SDSU FOOTBALL: BRIAN SIPE - THE MIGHTY 1090 - 9/10/14
SDSU FOOTBALL: BRIAN SIPE - THE MIGHTY 1090 - 9/10/14
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: goaztecscom
Browns Blues
Browns Blues
Published: 2006/09/04
Channel: lehooper
Brian Thompson.Ray Sipe
Brian Thompson.Ray Sipe
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: raysipeladygaga
A Short History of the Cleveland Browns
A Short History of the Cleveland Browns
Published: 2006/10/18
Channel: Keith Carey
How To: Demonic Possession Part 1 with Ben Nye Makeup
How To: Demonic Possession Part 1 with Ben Nye Makeup
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: BenNyeMakeup
Browns Brian Sipe Jersey
Browns Brian Sipe Jersey
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Browns Deals
SL Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe discusses fire station approval
SL Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe discusses fire station approval
Published: 2015/04/29
Channel: GH Tribune Videos
BRIAN SIPE INTERVIEW: XTRA SPORTS 1360 - 12/11/12
BRIAN SIPE INTERVIEW: XTRA SPORTS 1360 - 12/11/12
Published: 2012/12/12
Channel: goaztecscom
Brian Sipe Jersey
Brian Sipe Jersey
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Browns Deals
1985 Interview with Jacksonville Bulls QB Ed Luther
1985 Interview with Jacksonville Bulls QB Ed Luther
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: USFL Forever
Veining Tutorial
Veining Tutorial
Published: 2015/01/20
Channel: Freakmo
Week 10 - 1984: Michigan Panthers vs New Jersey Generals
Week 10 - 1984: Michigan Panthers vs New Jersey Generals
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: USFL Forever
Cleveland Browns Quarterback Evolution [1967-Present]
Cleveland Browns Quarterback Evolution [1967-Present]
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: 2Code Red4U
Brian Sipe and Doug Jones Panel at Crypticon
Brian Sipe and Doug Jones Panel at Crypticon
Published: 2009/06/07
Channel: SeattleGeekly
Week 13 - 1984: Pittsburgh Maulers vs New Jersey Generals
Week 13 - 1984: Pittsburgh Maulers vs New Jersey Generals
Published: 2014/03/09
Channel: USFL Forever
Dave Bautista spent over an hour every day becoming Drax for
Dave Bautista spent over an hour every day becoming Drax for 'Guardians 2' | Page Six
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: New York Post
1978 Steelers 34 at Browns 14
1978 Steelers 34 at Browns 14
Published: 2017/02/19
Channel: Tim McMillen
1980 Cleveland Browns-26 Green Bay Packers-21
1980 Cleveland Browns-26 Green Bay Packers-21
Published: 2016/05/29
Channel: Crazy Cav
BURNT BELLE [Beauty And The Beast] Makeup Tutorial - Glam & Gore Disney Princess
BURNT BELLE [Beauty And The Beast] Makeup Tutorial - Glam & Gore Disney Princess
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: Glam&Gore
OBM - Football Player - Brian Sipe
OBM - Football Player - Brian Sipe
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
"Brian My-Cool-In"Ray Sipe.Funy song;Comedy;Humour:Spoof;Parody;Satire.
"Brian My-Cool-In"Ray Sipe.Funy song;Comedy;Humour:Spoof;Parody;Satire.
Published: 2012/04/06
Channel: raysipeladygaga
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Brian Sipe
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Sipe c. 1979
No. 17
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-08-08) August 8, 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 13 / Pick: 330
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 154–149
Yards: 23,713
Passer rating: 74.8
Player stats at NFL.com

Brian Winfield Sipe (born August 8, 1949) is a former professional American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1983. He then played in the United States Football League for two seasons.

Although mostly sidelined for the first several years of his NFL career, Sipe was eventually recognized as one of the better quarterbacks in Browns history, winning the league's MVP Award in 1980. He was a college football star under head coach Don Coryell at San Diego State University, where he studied architecture and became the team's quarterbacks coach in 2009, remaining in that role for five years, through 2014.[1] He also competed in the 1961 Little League World Series for El Cajon, California, and prepped at Grossmont High School.

Playing career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Drafted in the 13th round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Sipe spent the first two years of his career as a member of the team's reserve squad, seeing no action on the field.

In 1974, Sipe started four games after helping the Browns come back from a 12-point deficit against the Denver Broncos on October 27. However, after winning just one of the four contests (a 21-14 victory against the New England Patriots on November 11), he was replaced by Mike Phipps.

The team's disastrous 1975 season saw Sipe enter the starting lineup after three consecutive losses in which the Browns were outscored 124-26. Sipe's three starts reduced the margin of defeat for the squad, but still resulted in a trio of defeats, sending him back to the sidelines. The following year, he finally moved into a consistent starting role following an opening game injury to Phipps on September 12, 1976. As the team's signal caller that season, he led them to a 9-5 record, a six-game improvement over the previous season.

During the first half of the 1977 season, he led the team to five wins in their first seven games. However, on November 13 of that year, Sipe suffered a season-ending shoulder injury at Three Rivers Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter of the team's 35-31 defeat. Sipe came back the following year to throw for more than 2,900 yards and 21 touchdown passes, but the team's overall inconsistency resulted in an 8-8 finish.

Serving as the catalyst for many thrilling moments during the 1979 and 1980 seasons, Sipe helped the team earn the nickname "Kardiac Kids." The designation was in recognition of their tendency to produce heart-stopping comeback victories in the final minutes of many games. Over the course of these two seasons, Sipe led the Browns to eight comebacks and eleven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.[2]

1980 MVP award winning season[edit]

In 1980, Sipe passed for 4,132 yards and 30 touchdowns, helping lead the team to its first postseason berth since 1972. Individually, his efforts earned him the Associated Press' NFL MVP award and a selection to the NFL Pro Bowl. In an AFC divisional playoff game that 1980 season against the Raiders (January 4, 1981) the Browns could've settled for a very short game winning field goal but instead decided to pass the ball. It was a logical choice; Cleveland weather was brutally cold and windy and a field goal was not a guarantee. Likewise, Sipe's target was Pro Football Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome. With 41 seconds left in the game, Sipe threw an interception in the end zone, bringing the Browns season to a heartbreaking end. The play call, "Red Right 88" would be immortalized in Cleveland sports infamy.

1981-82 seasons[edit]

Sipe signing autographs in Canton, Ohio in 1979.

Despite throwing for 3,876 yards the following year, Sipe was at the controls as the team staggered to a 5-11 mark. In 1982, Sipe and the Browns won just two of the team's first six games in the strike-marred NFL season, and Sipe was benched in favor of third-year signal caller Paul McDonald.

United States Football League[edit]

Sipe regained his starting role the following year, but angered Browns management by negotiating with springtime football's USFL New Jersey Generals during the season. Sipe finished the season with 3,566 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes. He then signed with the Generals and played for them in 1984, before concluding his career with the Jacksonville Bulls in 1985.

Post-playing career[edit]

Sipe lives in San Diego and coached the football team at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, California, where he helped the Eagles to four CIF titles and a combined record of 75-21-1. Sipe was hired on January 18, 2009, as the quarterbacks coach for his alma mater, San Diego State. Sipe served in that role through the end of the 2014 season.[1]

Career stats[edit]

Year Team GP Att Com Pct Yds TD Int Rate
1974 Cleveland Browns 10 108 59 54.6 603 1 7 47.0
1975 Cleveland Browns 7 88 45 51.1 427 1 3 54.4
1976 Cleveland Browns 14 312 178 57.1 2113 17 14 77.3
1977 Cleveland Browns 9 195 112 57.4 1233 9 14 61.8
1978 Cleveland Browns 16 399 222 55.6 2906 21 15 80.7
1979 Cleveland Browns 16 535 286 53.5 3793 28 26 73.4
1980 Cleveland Browns 16 554 337 60.8 4132 30 14 91.4
1981 Cleveland Browns 16 567 313 55.2 3876 17 25 68.2
1982 Cleveland Browns 6 185 101 54.6 1064 4 8 60.7
1983 Cleveland Browns 15 496 291 58.7 3566 26 23 79.1
NFL Career Totals 125 3439 1944 56.5 23713 154 149 74.8
1984 New Jersey Generals 16 324 192 59.3 2540 17 15 82.3
1985 Jacksonville Bulls - 89 55 61.8 685 4 2 91.5
USFL Career Totals - 413 247 56.5 3225 21 17 84.3

Key to Abbreviations
GP= Games Played
Att= Passes attempted
Com= Passes Completed
Pct= Completion percentage
Yds= Yards
TD= Touchdowns
Int= Interceptions
Rate= Passer rating

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