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Browns to induct Bernie Parrish, Tony Adamle into Legends during Alumni Weekend

Posted Sep 29, 2017

Duo will be honored during halftime ceremony

The Cleveland Browns will celebrate cherished alumni this weekend, including the induction of DB Bernie Parrish (1959-66) and LB/FB Tony Adamle (1947-51, 1954) into the Cleveland Browns Legends program on Saturday, as well as a halftime ceremony honoring the two during the team’s home game against the Bengals on Sunday.

The Browns will induct Parrish and Adamle into the Cleveland Browns Legends program during a dinner ceremony in FirstEnergy Stadium’s BMW City Club on Saturday (5:30 p.m.), alongside a strong contingent of former Browns coaches, players and staff, prior to the on-field tribute on Sunday.

Parrish and Adamle will be recognized throughout Alumni Weekend (Friday-Sunday), with the events encompassing more than 60 Browns alumni and their families.

To begin the weekend, more than 30 Browns alumni will reunite on Friday morning at Lakewood Country Club for the Seventh Annual Cleveland Browns Alumni Golf Outing.

Cleveland Browns Legends Class of 2017

DB Bernie Parrish (1959-66) – As a first-team All-American second baseman and football star at the University of Florida, Parrish was selected in the ninth round (108th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. Following a short stint with the Cincinnati Reds, Parrish stepped in as the starting left cornerback for the Browns in 1959. Over the next seven seasons, he would miss just one game, making the Pro Bowl in 1960 and 1963, and earning first-team all-conference and second-team all-NFL honors in 1964. Parrish totaled 29 interceptions with the Browns, returning them for an average of 19.2 yards and three TDs. He helped the Browns win their last championship, the 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts on Dec. 27, 1964 at Cleveland Stadium. In addition to his on-field success, Parrish also served as the Browns’ representative for the National Football League Players Association and eventually was named the Vice President of the NFLPA.

LB/FB Tony Adamle (1947-51, 1954) – A World War II Veteran and Ohio State Buckeye, Adamle joined the Cleveland Browns in 1947, one year after the franchise began play in the All-America Football Conference. Under Paul Brown, Adamle flourished as both a linebacker and fullback, carrying the ball 57 times for 247 yards and two TDs and was selected to the Pro Bowl as a linebacker in both 1950 and 1951. During his six seasons with the Browns, Adamle contributed to six championship appearances and five titles (AAFC, 1947-49; NFL, 1950, 1954). Following the 1951 season, Adamle paused his football career to attend medical school; however, he returned to the Browns in 1954 and helped lead Cleveland to yet another championship. Adamle ultimately retired following the 1954 season and worked as a doctor in Northeast Ohio for more than 35 years.

Cleveland Browns Legends:

Class of 2001*

Gene Hickerson, Bernie Kosar, Michael Dean Perry, Greg Pruitt, Ray Renfro

Class of 2002

Clay Matthews, Brian Sipe, Mac Speedie

Class of 2003

Hanford Dixon, Bob Gain, Dick Schafrath

Class of 2004

Gary Collins, Mike Pruitt, Tommy James, Dub Jones

Class of 2005

Frank Minnifield, Frank Ryan, Jerry Sherk, Jim Ray Smith

Class of 2006

Earnest Byner, Doug Dieken, Jim Houston, Walt Michaels

Class of 2007

Don Cockroft, Horace Gillom, Bill Glass, Kevin Mack

Class of 2008

Walter Johnson, Warren Lahr, Eric Metcalf, Paul Wiggin

Class of 2010

Cody Risien, John Wooten

Class of 2011

Vince Costello, Tom DeLeone

Class of 2012

Ernie Green, Clarence Scott

Class of 2013

Galen Fiss, Abe Gibron

Class of 2014

Robert E. Jackson, Milt Morin

Class of 2015

Don Colo, Bob Golic

Class of 2016

Dick Ambrose, Thom Darden

Class of 2017            Bernie Parrish, Tony Adamle* Browns Pro Football Hall of Famers were automatically inducted in 2001

Alumni Weekend schedule:

Seventh Annual Cleveland Browns Alumni Golf Outing

Friday (9 a.m.)

Lakewood Country Club

2613 Bradley Road

Westlake, OH 44145

15th Annual Cleveland Browns Legends Induction Dinner

Saturday (5:30 p.m.)

BMW City Club

FirstEnergy Stadium

100 Alfred Lerner Way

Cleveland, OH  44114

Cleveland Browns Legends Induction Recognition

Browns-Bengals halftime (1 p.m. kickoff)

On-field presentation of 2017 Browns Legends inductees DB Bernie Parrish and LB/FB Tony Adamle

FirstEnergy Stadium

100 Alfred Lerner Way

Cleveland, OH  44114

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