NFL Mt. Rushmore-Cleveland Browns
Written by Curt Popejoy on 06/05/2012
Every NFL Franchise has it’s own pantheon of football gods. That group of players who are not only historic in terms of talent, but even more than that, these are the players who you have to talk about when you tell the story of your team. This is part of a 32 article series where I tell you who I would put among that elite group. For this, it’s Mt. Rushmore. 4 players only. The 4 heads you would carve on a mountain that would live forever as the greatest in franchise history.
Now, I don’t profess to know the history of every franchise in the league. So, I did my research. And part of that was reaching out to you fans. But if you don’t agree with the 4 guys I have selected, come find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nfldraftboard and let me hear what you think.
It’s been a long time since the Cleveland Browns have been a great franchise, but that doesn’t take away the proud tradition of the franchise or their fans. In all the years I have done this, Browns fans are some of the most loyal, passionate, and intelligent when it comes to discussing their team, and football in general and this list I think is a great representation of them.
1. Jim Brown, RB-When you make a list of the 5 greatest running backs of all time, if you don’t include Brown in the list, you don’t understand the impact he had on the league during his 9 seasons when he was the best running back in 8 of those seasons. An easy choice.
2. Otto Graham, QB-Another guy I have only seen in grainy black and white footage so I depend greatly on historians, and by all accounts Graham was a remarkable player decades ahead of his time. When you consider that the Browns won a championship every season he played and you can understand why he’s one of the best of all time.
3. Ozzie Newsome, TE-Interesting that many people I talk to only think of Newsome as a great front office member of the Baltimore Ravens, but they forget that he also caught 662 receptions for nearly 8,000 yards as a Brown.
4. Lou Groza, K/OT-The fact that Lou Groza was probably one of the best kickers in Browns history is one thing, but when you consider that he was not only the Browns starting kicker for years, but also started at left tackle and you can respect even more what he accomplished.
Last Edited: 06/05/2012