Massillon, Ohio, earns title stripes in football

Updated: June 26, 2008, 6:16 PM ET
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Submitted by fgrahamiv
Massillon, Ohio, is about an hour south of Cleveland and directly west of Canton, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Massillon is a blue-collar steel town where high school football has been played since 1894.

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AP Photo/Ron SchwaneBrian Gamble and other Massillon Tigers play in front of thousands of fans every week.

Massillon Washington High School has 780 victories, ranking third all-time in the nation, has 22 Ohio state championships and nine national championships.

Massillon has played its longtime rival Canton McKinley 116 times, with a record of 62 wins, 49 losses and five ties.

Massillon has a population of just over 30,000 with a stadium that holds 17,000. It is named after Massillon alum and NFL hall of famer Paul Brown.

The Massillon tradition is so strong that every newborn baby boy is given a miniature football at birth. Massillon has had 23 players go on to play in the NFL such as Horace Gillom, Tommy James, Lin Houston, Jim Houston, Denny Franklin, Steve Luke and Chris Spielman. Not to mention the godfather of football, Paul Brown.

A quote from Ron Maly, Des Moines Sunday Register: "In the beginning when the Great Creator was drawing plans for this world of ours, he decided there should be something for everyone. He gave us mountains that reach to the sky, deep blue seas, green forests, dry deserts, gorgeous flowers, and gigantic trees. Then he decided there should be football, so he gave us Massillon. He created only one Massillon. He knew that would be enough."

Submitted by mtiger8337
TitleTown USA belongs in TigerTown USA, Massillon, Ohio, the home of football legend Paul Brown along with 22 state and nine national championships.

Massillon, population 30,000, is know for football and tradition. The Tigers have been chosen as one of the top rivalry teams in the nation with Canton McKinley, have had a movie "Go Tigers" made about the team and have also been on ESPN "SportsCenter" and in "Sports Illustrated" back in 1995.

Massillon is the third winningest high school in the nation and has played for the state title as recent as 2005. Every Friday night, the Tigers bring in a crowd of 12,000 to 15,000 for the games no matter whom they are playing.

Massillon has also produced many big name coaches such as Paul Brown, Earl Bruce and Bob Cummings, and players such as Chris Spielman, Harry Stuhldreher (Notre Dame Four Horsemen), Andy Alleman, Rick Spielman, and soon Shawn Crable from Michigan.

Paul Brown stadium features 20,000 seats, real grass turf, a three-story media center with meeting rooms and a digital scoreboard.

There are four things that will always be in Massillon. There will always be pride, courage, hard work and Massillon football. Go Tigers.

Submitted by Massillon1
Massillon, Ohio, is known as the City of Champions and TigerTown USA and is definitely worthy of being selected as one of the TitleTown finalists.

Other Massillon supporters

MassillonTiger2000: Massillon, Ohio, is the home of OBIE the Tiger (Orange and Black Is Excellent). The live tiger cub is treated better than some humans are.

geoffandgrace: What else can I say "Go Massillon."

A small steel town in Northeast Ohio, Massillon is one of the best known and successful high school football programs in the country. Below are some key stats of the Massillon.

Tigers program
20,000 seat stadium
22 Ohio state titles
Nine national championships
8,000,000 have seen the Tigers play since 1932
Third in the nation in all-time wins
First in Ohio in all-time wins
Have won over 77 percent of total games
Feature 23 professional players
14 college All-Americans
Notable players and coaches: Paul Brown, Harry Stuhldreher, Don James, Earle Bruce, Chris Spielman, Dennis Franklin, and Jim and Lin Houston.

The Tigers having been playing since 1894 and have been the subject of countless articles and features that have covered the pageantry and tradition as shown in the feature film "Go Tigers."

Fall Fridays in Massillon are something to experience, but perhaps the biggest game day every year is the last Saturday of the regular season when traditional archrival Canton McKinley squares off against Massillon on Saturday afternoon. This rivalry has a unique twist in that both towns were once rivals in the early days of professional football as the Massillon Tigers and Canton Bulldogs helped usher in the popularity of the modern NFL.