WHAT IF: Paul Brown Came Back to Ohio State After WWII
Before there was Woody Hayes, there was Paul Brown. There are few names as synonymous with the sport of football as Paul Brown -- he won seven league titles in his first 10 years as a professional head coach, after all. The father of two NFL franchises in the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, Brown got his start in high school, but also had a memorable...
This is pretty interesting (Woody at Michigan, Bo at OSU). The Browns probably would have been called the Panthers if Paul doesn't go there, though. And, the AAFC may have lasted several more years because the Browns aren't kicking the bejesus out of everyone.
Maybe the AAFC lasts until 1956 (by then, Clint Murchison gets a AAFC expansion team in Dallas in 1953), and then two-four teams merge into the NFL (the 49ers are definite. The other possibilities are the Cleveland Panthers, the Dallas team, and the Bills if they kept being supported like they were).