2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns Attempt To Recapture Old Glory

April 24, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's been a long time since the Cleveland Browns were a relevant franchise in the NFL. This once proud organization has suffered through a largely miserable 12 years since rejoining the league as an expansion team in 1999.
Dozens of legendary players have shined along the shore of Lake Erie. Names such as Otto Graham, Lou Groza, Paul Warfield, Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Ozzie Newsome, Brian Sipe, Clay Matthews, Earnest Byner and Bernie Kosar, among others, have become part of NFL Films lore.
Even in the heartbreaking days of the old "Mistake by the Lake" stadium, the Dawg Pound had something memorable to bark about. Ask any true Browns fan about "Red Right 88," and they will tell you about the 1981 playoff loss to Oakland, in freezing weather, when Brian Sipe threw a late interception to seal Cleveland's fate. Ask them about "The Drive" and "The Fumble" playoff games in the late 1980s and you will likely hear a few scowls about John Elway and the despised Denver Broncos.<...

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