Browns Legend Mac Speedie selected for Pro Football Hall of Fame's Centennial Class


Mac Speedie, a Browns legend and five-time champion, was selected Wednesday to be a part of the one-of-a-kind Centennial Class.

Speedie was one of 10 Seniors (players who last played 25 years ago) selected for induction. Five others (three contributors, two coaches) were also selected by a special Blue Ribbon Panel last week at the Hall of Fame in Canton. This group of 15 will join the five-man Modern Era class, which will be announced Feb. 1, for August's induction ceremony.

Speedie will become the Browns' 17th Hall of Famer and first inducted since Gene Hickerson in 2007.

Former Browns player and assistant coach Bill Cowher, who went on to win two Super Bowls as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was also selected for induction.

Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1942, Speedie didn't begin his professional career until 1946 after serving in World War II. He joined the Browns in their first season in the AAFC and provided an immediate impact, starting in 10 games and catching seven touchdowns. He went on to win five total championships (four in the AAFC, one in the NFL), made six All-Pro teams, led his league in receptions four times and receiving yards twice. Speedie had a record-setting 99-yard touchdown in the 1947 season and established every major receiving record in the AAFC's four-year history.

Speedie, who passed away at the age of 73 in 1993, finished his career with 349 catches, 5,602 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was a member of the 1940s All-Decade team and was honored as a Browns Legend in 2002, the second year of the program.