Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The five greatest Cleveland Brown players in history

The Cleveland Browns is a storied franchise in American football. Just like all storied franchises in any sport, the Browns were built on the backs of hardworking staff and crew, eccentric and hard-nosed coaches and general managers, and of course, talented and heroic players. Here are the five greatest players in Cleveland Browns history.

Ozzie Newsome

Newsome was a tight-end for 13 years with the Browns. He was part of the famed “Kardiac Kids” that dazzled fans in the ‘80s. The quality that makes him a cut above the rest is his loyalty. He never changed teams in his career, staying a Brown until the end.

Lou Groza

Speaking of loyalty, Groza spent 21 years with the Browns. Very few people were more dedicated to the Browns. He was multi-talented and played a number of positions well. He was one of the greatest kickers the league has ever seen, hence the moniker “The Toe.”

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Bill Willis

Willis was small for a defensive tackle, but boy did he have heart. As one of the first black players in the league, he played as though he had something to prove. And proved it he did with his unparalleled work ethic. With Willis on defense, there was almost always a sure tackle.

Otto Graham

The greatest quarterback to ever lead the Browns. Graham was the prototype quarterback in the NFL. He led the Browns to seven championships. He changed for all quarterbacks the game to come forever.

Jim Brown

Arguably the greatest football player in history and the best of the Browns, Brown had it all. He was strong, agile, fast, intelligent and tough. His accomplishments stretch on for miles. Even today, what Brown accomplished stands as a monument in which all great players are measured.

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Jonathan Bunge is a hardcore Browns fan. Read more of his musings on his favorite team here.

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