Browns Add Championships To Ring Of Honor

Posted Jul 26, 2012

First, it was the names of the Browns' greatest players being displayed at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Joining them now is a list of the Browns' greatest teams.

First, it was the names of the Browns’ greatest players being displayed at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Joining them now is a list of the Browns’ greatest teams.

And with that, the Browns’ rich history can be told in much greater detail going forward.

The Browns have completed work on the listing of their eight league championships on the façade at the southeast end of Cleveland Browns Stadium. The project started in July and took several weeks to complete.

Its first game appearance will be August 24th in a preseason encounter against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles will also be the opponent when it gets its regular-season debut Sept. 9.

By design, the list of the titles – 1946-49 in the All-America Football Conference and 1950, ’54, ’55 and ’64 in the NFL – is on the same level as the Ring of Honor, which lists the Browns’ 16 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Both displays recognize the team’s strong heritage and deserved equal billing.

"We are very excited to showcase the great championship teams of the Cleveland Browns," said President Mike Holmgren. "Winning eight titles is a tremendous accomplishment and, along with the Ring of Honor, this is another way to recognize our rich history and tradition."

And, like the Ring of Honor, the list of championships is very visible.

When the highly popular Ring of Honor was unveiled before the Browns’ 2010 regular-season home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, plans were already under way to add the championships at some point. And that time has arrived

The Ring of Honor includes head coach/general manager Paul Brown, quarterback Otto Graham, running backs Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell, middle guard Bill Willis, kicker/left tackle Lou Groza, tight end Ozzie Newsome, wide receivers Dante Lavelli and Paul Warfield, right tackle Mike McCormack, defensive end Len Ford, offensive guards Gene Hickerson and Joe DeLamielleure and center Frank Gatski.

All but three of those players were on at least one of the Browns’ league championship teams. Brown, Graham, Motley, Willis, Groza, Lavelli, McCormack, Ford and Gatski were members of multiple title squads.

By listing the championship years, the many other members of those teams can now be honored, as well.

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