The Cleveland Browns organization honors the team's all-time greats through the Cleveland Browns Legends Program. This program honors the men who have contributed to the success of the Browns organization. The Legends Program started in 2001 with the automatic induction of the Browns' then Pro Football Hall of Famers along with the initial class of five other inductees.
Here are the basic guidelines for the Cleveland Browns Legends Program:
The three requirements to be eligible for consideration for induction are:
Candidates will have played for at least five seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Candidates must have been a major contributor at their respective positions.
Candidates will have been retired from playing professional football for at least five years.
NUMBER OF INDUCTEES
Starting in 2010, the number of yearly inductees was set at two:
With the initial ballot, panelists will shorten the list of eligible candidates down to ten finalists.
From that group, a second ballot will be cast in which panelists will simply select the best two players from the ten finalists.
In the event of a tied ballot, a third ballot will be cast to determine the final inductees.
The Legends Selection Panel consists of eight members:
Doug Dieken – Browns Alumni, Legends Class of 2006
Jim Donovan – News Anchor, WKYC TV3
Joe Horrigan – Vice President Communications/Exhibits, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Leroy Kelly – Browns Alumni, Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1994, Legends Class of 2001
Dino Lucarelli – Former Director of Alumni Relations, Cleveland Browns
Kevin Mack – Alumni Relations, Cleveland Browns, Legends Class of 2007