In preperation for the Browns big Monday Night Football game next week, we are going to get pumped up with a list that should get every Browns fan thinking. Here are my favorite Cleveland Browns of all-time. They may be on the list because they were great players or just because for whatever reason we loved seeing them play. The list only consists of players I actually saw play so no Brian Sipe or Leroy Kelly since I can’t really like them if I never actually rooted for them.
Honorable Mention: Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow, Josh Cribbs. I like them all but way to early to make a top ten list of all-time. Ozzie Newsome, would be on the list but he built Baltimore into a Super Bowl champion so he will never be on a favorites list.
10. Scott Player – the picture is all you need to know. And remember that blocked field goal on the final play of the game against Oakland last year? I thought he was going to die trying to run that ball back.
9. Bob Golic – He was a hometown boy and I had his autograph so that helped. Plus he was the coolest RA ever. Today, however, he has lost a ton of weight but he head continues to grow. He is starting to look like Mr. Mackey.
8. Kevin Mack – My roommate in college last name was Mack. His older brother was named Kevin. So you could say I know Kevin Mack personally. I think people would have better memories of Mack if he wasn’t a coke head and Ernest Byner didn’t fumble. They were an awesome backfield.
7. Clay Matthews – I think he played until he was 67. What’s not to love about a white linebacker with that kind of face mask.
6. Leroy Hoard/Pepper Johnson – I think they both only played a season. However, my brother got both their jerseys when the Browns moved to Baltimore for like 15 cents. They are great jerseys to own since no one else has them and no one remembers they were on the Browns.
5. Webster Slaughter/Reggie Langhorne – Come on. How many times as a kid did you do the Slaughter/Langhorn jumping high five? That was the coolest thing around.
4. Brian Brennan – The forgotten receiver on the Browns in the 80s. I don’t know it was because he is white or because he couldn’t jump high enough to make the Slaughter/Langhorn high five the Slaughter/Langhorn/Brennen high five. He would have been a hero for his go-ahead touchdown catch against the Broncos if wasn’t for the Drive the followed.
(List interuption side note: Watching the Kentucky/Alabama game Saturday, Brian Griese was talking about this white reciever on UK named Lions. He called Lions a real football player and “his more than a possession white reciever.” Really? That’s allowed? If he was to say about black reciever, “he’s more than a fast, high jumping reciever” he would have lost his job. Why is it okay to stereotype white people but not black people?)
3. Michael Dean Perry – Not only was he a beast on the defensive line, but he had an awesome sandwich at McDonald’s.
2. Eric Metcalf – I’ll always remember his two punt returns against Pittsburgh. I’ll always remember “Metcalf up the middle.” And I’ll always remember meeting him.
1. Bernie Kosar – Obviously this guy is number one. He has to be on everyone’s list. Not only was he a great quarterback, but now he is a great alcoholic announcer.
Everyone sing it with me:
He’s our man.