AVON, Ohio -- The 2012 Cleveland Browns Alumni Weekend kicked off Friday morning with the team’s annual alumni golf outing at the Avon Oaks Country Club.
Thirty-nine former Browns came back to Cleveland to celebrate the history of the team that will culminate with the induction of former running back Ernie Green and defensive back Clarence Scott into the Cleveland Browns Legends on Saturday night.
“I have a lot of good thoughts and it is certainly an honor,” Green said Friday. “The committee who chose me really, really makes me feel just wonderful. I’ve been up for the last four years and I’ve witnessed other inductees being invited into the Legends Club and I feel honored to be a part of that.”
Scott added, “It’s a great experience for me. I’m so happy to be here. I’ve always been a Cleveland Browns fan. Long before they drafted me out of Kansas State, I was a Cleveland Browns fan and so, this is the ultimate honor for me to be inducted into this group of guys and this organization, this community, this city, I’m just happy about it.”
Cleveland Browns Legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown came back to Cleveland in order to recognize the achievements of Green, his teammate from 1962 through 1965.
Green and Brown teamed up in the backfield for the Browns’ 1964 championship season.
“I always try to do something that has a purpose that I believe in,” Brown said. “That’s how I operate and I was so happy that we would get a chance to show our support of a teammate and maybe, educate the fan base that we’re just players. We’ll always be nothing but players and we have great respect for each other and when you get a chance to demonstrate that respect, you jump at it.”
Green said Brown’s attendance for the Alumni Weekend “means a great deal to him.”
“Jim Brown is probably one of the best football players that has ever lived and I had the distinct pleasure of playing with him for a number of years and watched him do some wonderful things,” Green said. “For him to come back to be a part of what’s going on, as far as I’m concerned, it brings chills to me. I am very, very pleased and happy that he chose to do that.”
After finishing his collegiate career at Kansas State University, Scott played with the Browns from 1971-83. He was on seven winning teams during his Browns tenure, including the 1980 Kardiac Kids, where the Browns went 11-5, won the AFC Central Division and had a memorable playoff game against the Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
“It was great because of what was done early on,” Scott said of being a Brown. “When Otto Graham was playing and Jim Brown was playing, the Browns were the best organization in professional football, no question about it. Now, to be a part of that legacy that was just so gigantic in my mind and in my heart, I’m a part of it and an honored part of it. It’s just tremendous for me.”
Green played with the Browns from 1962-68 and was on a winning team in each of those seven years. He was a running back on the last championship team of 1964 when the Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0.
“It was extremely special because we really weren’t supposed to win according to the press, but you could’ve asked any player on that team at that time and they felt different,” Green said of the 1964 championship team. “I remember the first half and it was pretty close. At halftime, we went in to talk about things and we looked at each other and said, ‘You know what, we can beat these guys.’ We went out and played very well and at the end of the day, we were successful. It was an outstanding performance by a lot of people that day. Jim had a great day, Gary Collins had a great day and we were successful. That was so very, very important to us.”