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2015 Browns Legends: Bob Golic blossomed when he came home

This wasn't your typical change of scenery.

When the New England Patriots waived him before the start of the 1982 season, Bob Golic came home.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Golic joined the Browns when the team claimed him off waivers. His impact was immediate, as he changed positions from linebacker to nose tackle in the Browns' 3-4 defense and became an integral part of the Cleveland defense throughout the 1980s.

"When I first got here, they said, 'Your job is to occupy the center and both guards, to keep them away from the linebackers because they make money than you do,'" Golic recalled several years later. "I asked them about tackles and they said, 'You don't have to make tackles. Just let people hit you.'"

Golic, who will be inducted as Browns Legend during ceremonies this weekend, put on the necessary weight, going from 240 to 270 pounds and did just that. Over seven seasons, he played in 97 games, starting 95, and made three Pro Bowls (1985-87). His final four seasons with the Browns ended with trips to the playoffs.

The hometown kid who starred at St. Joseph's High School and Notre Dame as a football player and wrestler certainly made good.

Golic wrapped up his 14-year career with the Los Angeles Raiders, where he logged four more seasons before retiring in 1992.

And that's when he got really busy.

The acting bug bit Golic, as he starred in a number of TV shows and movies, including Saved By The Bell: The College Years. The older brother of ESPN's Mike Golic has also done plenty of work as a football analyst on radio and TV.

He'll be front and center Sunday as he adds another bullet point to his decorated resume: Browns Legend.

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