Former defensive back Clarence Scott and retired running back Ernie Green were recognized for their accomplishments in the orange and brown with their induction into the Cleveland Browns Legends at Cleveland Browns Stadium Saturday night.
Scott was introduced to the Cleveland Browns Legends in a video package by former linebacker Dick Ambrose, safety Thom Darden and offensive lineman Doug Dieken. Green was introduced by offensive linemen Dick Schafrath and John Wooten, as well as defensive tackle Jim Kanicki and Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield.
“It’s an honor of the greatest proportion,” Scott said. “It’s a dream come true for me. I’m a very blessed individual. I’ve been that way all my life and there’s nothing different going on right now. It’s just a continuation of what my life has been. I’m so proud and thankful to be able to share it with you. This is the family I’m supposed to share it with.”
Green added, “This is way more than I had expected. There’s a number of people I need to thank. My wife, Della, has been a huge supporter.”
Several former Browns and members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame attended Saturday’s event, including running back Jim Brown, offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure, and Warfield.
“The Legends dinner is the best time for me to come back every year because former players who served this organization well on the field, it’s very special when they’re brought in and inducted into this Legends club,” Warfield said. “This year’s recipients happen to be two guys I played with. I can’t think of any two individuals who are more deserving to be inducted into the Legends club.”
Jimmy Haslam, who agreed to purchase a controlling interest of the Browns on Aug. 3, was also in attendance.
“It’s been a real privilege for us to get to meet a lot of former Browns stars and just to see the intensity and the enthusiasm that they still have for the Cleveland Browns,” Haslam said. “I saw it in Pittsburgh and I’m seeing it here tonight. These guys are Cleveland Browns football. They’re a part of it, whether they played 10 years ago or 50 years ago. It’s a big deal; it’s a big part of their life and we want to help that continue to be so.”
Green was a running back for the Browns from 1962-68.
Despite sharing the backfield with eventual Hall-of-Famers in Brown and Leroy Kelly, Green rushed for 3,204 yards and 15 touchdowns on 668 career attempts and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Green proved to be a dual threat out of the backfield. He caught 195 passes for 2,036 yards and scored 20 touchdowns during his seven-year career with the Browns.
Green had a career-best 750 rushing yards on 144 carries in 1966. During that year, he set career highs with 45 catches for 445 yards and six touchdowns. Green ran for six touchdowns during the team’s championship season of 1964.
Green never had a losing season and his teams combined for a 66-30-2 record.
Scott played defensive back for the Browns from 1971-83 and finished his career with 186 games played. He was on the field for seven winning seasons and Scott’s teams combined to win 94 games during that stretch.
He played on two division championship teams, the first of which came during his rookie season of 1971. The Browns posted a 9-5 record under coach Nick Skorich and finished first in the AFC Central Division. The second division-winning team -- the 1980 Kardiac Kids -- was one of the most memorable in team history.
In 1980, the Browns won 11 games, nine of which were decided by one score.
Scott was a ball-hawking defensive back during his time with the Browns. He registered 39 interceptions -- the third-most in Browns history -- which he returned for 407 yards and two touchdowns. His longest return went for a 49-yard touchdown during a 24-23 win over the Houston Oilers during the 1977 season.
Only Darden (45) and Warren Lahr (40) have more interceptions than Scott in Browns history.