In the early 1980s, the NFL witnessed a new breed of linebacker. These ‘backers had receiver speed, the agility of a running back, and could hit like a truck. It started with the University of North Carolina’s Lawrence Taylor, who immediately turned the New York Giants into contenders. By the mid-80s, the NFL added similar stars in Carl Banks (also with New … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Chip Banks (Complete Story)
Cleveland Browns History
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An archive of historical reading for the Cleveland Browns franchise. We cover all historical aspects of the team from their inception to today in history.
By all accounts, Jim Brown is arguably the greatest running back in Cleveland Browns history. He’s also been ranked as the top running back (and number four overall player) on the NFL’s top ‘100 players of all time’ list. Brown was an imposing force on the field and he could also impose his will off the field (sometimes to his detriment). Since retiring from … [Read more...] about Jim Brown: How He Became An NFL Legend (Complete Story)
Defensive linemen in the NFL generally earn Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in one of two ways. Some rush the passer and are credited with sacks. Others stuff the run and are credited with tackles. When a player has both significant sacks and significant tackles, he is a special defensive lineman. Such is the case with Michael Dean Perry. Over 10 years in … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Michael Dean Perry (Complete Story)
There are three parts to a winning football team – offense, defense, and special teams. Teams may have excellent offensive and defensive units, but to win games, they also need excellent special teams. Over a five-year career from 1979 to 1983, Dino Hall was one of the top players on special teams in Cleveland Browns history. As a kickoff returner and punt … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Dino Hall (Complete Story)
After interceptions and fumble recoveries, sacks probably are the most impactful plays made by a defensive player. Sacks can result in lost yardage, punts, and forced fumbles, and generate more momentum for a team than an ordinary tackle. Anthony Pleasant was skilled at sacking the quarterback. Over his six seasons with the Cleveland Browns (part of a 14-year … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Anthony Pleasant (Complete Story)