Two is always better than one.
And it was for the Browns exactly 30 years ago today.
A day after news leaked that running back/wide receiver Bobby Mitchell had been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, it was announced Feb. 1, 1983 that another former Browns player, wide receiver Paul Warfield, would be joining him when the class of 1983 was enshrined on July 30.
It marked the first -- and still the only -- time that two former Browns have been inducted in the same year.
Warfield, who played at Warren (Ohio) Harding High School and then was a two-way back for legendary head coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State, was taken in the first round, at No. 11 overall, by the Browns in the 1964 NFL Draft. Later in that same draft, the Browns took another Hall of Famer in running back Leroy Kelly, who was inducted 11 years later, in 1994.
Warfield joins Dante Lavelli as the only two Browns wide receivers in the Hall.
Warfield was an immediate hit when he got to the Browns, leading the club with a career-best 52 receptions as a rookie in 1964, good for 920 yards (a 17.7 yards-per-catch average) and nine touchdowns in helping lead the Cleveland to its first NFL championship in nine years.
He missed virtually all of the 1965 season with a broken collarbone, but returned to form in 1966 and starred for four years before being traded to Miami just before the 1970 NFL Draft for the No. 3 overall pick owned by the Dolphins. The Browns used that choice to draft Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps.
After helping the Dolphins win two Super Bowls, Warfield played briefly with the World Football League and then returned to the Browns in 1976 and spent two more seasons to finish out his career.
In the eight-season Cleveland portion of his career, he had 271 receptions for 5,210 yards (fourth-most in club history) for a 19.2 yards-per-catch average (second) and 52 touchdowns (second).
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