John Dorsey has had quite an offseason as general manager of the Cleveland Browns, so another accolade arriving at his doorstep Monday isn't a shocker.
Its origin, however, is a bit of a surprise.
Long before Dorsey was a roster-building maven, he played linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Before that, he was a first-team All-American defender at the University of Connecticut.
Dorsey's accomplishments as a Husky have earned him consideration for the College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall announced its 2020 ballot choices Monday, and Dorsey is included among the 179 players and 38 coaches selected. It is Dorsey's fifth time on the ballot since 2015.
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A two-time Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1982, 1983), Dorsey led the Huskies in tackles in three straight seasons from 1981 to 1983. He's tied for most tackles in a game (24) in Connecticut history, won four letters, and his 495 career tackles are the most in the program's history. In 1983, he and fellow team captain Vernon Hargreaves became the first teammates in UConn football history to earn All-America honors in the same season, combining for more than 300 tackles and leading the Huskies to a share of the Yankee Conference championship.
Dorsey was selected in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Packers and played six seasons before turning to a life of scouting and player personnel that has led him to the helm of the Browns.
Of the 5.33 million individuals who have played college football, only 1,010 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame class will be announced in January 2020 prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans.