The best No. 82 there ever was – Cleveland Browns News

The best No. 82 there ever was – Cleveland Browns News

The Cleveland Browns are 82 days away from the start of the NFL season, which is also the uniform number of the greatest tight end in franchise history.

The Cleveland Browns will open the 2017 NFL season on Sept. 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That is 82 days away and 82 just happens to be the jersey number of one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history: Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome.

Newsome played his entire 13-year career with the Browns after being selected in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft, which was one of the greatest first rounds in franchise history as the Browns also selected linebacker Clay Matthews.

Newsome shares the club’s single-season record for receptions with 89, and is Cleveland’s career leader in receptions (662) and yards (7,980). He also had a reception in 150 consecutive games.

According to his bio on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website:

Throughout his 13-season, 198-game NFL career with the Cleveland Browns from 1978 to 1990, Ozzie Newsome was a fixture at tight end, a true team leader in every respect, and one of only five players in Browns history to play in parts of three decades.

The first rookie in 25 years to be named the Browns’ Offensive Player of the Year in 1978, Ozzie earned all-pro honors in his second season in 1979, and again in 1984.

He was a vital cog in the potent offensive machine that took the Browns to three AFC championship showdowns against the Denver Broncos in a four-year stretch between 1986 and 1989. He also was a Pro Bowl choice following the 1981, 1984 and 1985 seasons.

Let’s roll on with today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.


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