AVON, Ohio -- Every one of the players who has pulled on a brown jersey and buckled a chinstrap on an orange helmet and run out of the dugout at Cleveland Municipal Stadium or the home-team tunnel at FirstEnergy Stadium knows there is something special about playing football for the Cleveland Browns.
And those memories were relived with Browns alumni reunited for the annual Legends Weekend Golf Outing at the Avon Oaks Country Club Friday.
“You get a chance to see a lot of former Browns players and catch up with guys,” said former Browns defensive lineman John Thierry. “The Browns are a good organization and it’s been great.
“It’s fun just to hear the stories from the older guys. Even though I’m a young pup compared to most of these guys, it’s fun to come around. It’s a fellowship. Everybody went through the same things to become an NFL player, so there’s a bond there. I don’t care if you played for different teams or the same team. The NFL is just a big family.”
The family atmosphere was made even more special by the presence of several members of the 1964 NFL Championship team, including offensive lineman Dick Schafrath and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, Jim Brown.
“We just don’t have enough time to pay back the people of Cleveland and show that we support them as much as they supported us when we were playing,” Schafrath said. “Anytime I have a chance to get out, meet people and play a beautiful course like this, it’s pretty nice.
“We love our time. Being the last championship team in Cleveland, it’s a really good feeling. The chemistry that we had, we’re still very close friends. We helped each other. Nobody was selfish. We just knew each other backwards and forwards.”
Schafrath and Brown will be on hand this weekend to see one of their former teammates, the late Galen Fiss, inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends, along with the late Abe Gibron.