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Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

 


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Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the Cleveland Browns? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

Scroll down for team updates, player profiles, and stats you won't find in the book. Click on the videos to the left to hear me talk about Team Spirit OVERTIME as well as my favorite players. And take a look below at some of the Browns collectibles I have in my home—pretty cool, right?

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20132016 Season Roundup: Cleveland fans sat through a dreadful season, as the young Browns lost all but one game. Five of their 15 defeats came in games they probably should have won. The lone bright spots on the offense were Isaiah Crowell, who ran for 952 yards and seven touchdowns, and receiver Terrelle Pryor, who caught 77 passes.

2016 Season Preview: Young stars Duke Coleman and Corey Coleman should give a boost to the offense, but uncertainty at the quarterback position might keep the Browns out of the playoff picture. There is more talent on the defensive side of the ball, with a young unit that came of age in the second half 2015. If they take another step forward in 2016, things could get very interesting in the AFC North.

2013September 20, 2015: Travis Benjamin became the third player in history to score three TD’s of 50 yards or more in the same game.

2015 Season Preview: The Browns have built their team around an excellent offensive line and rugged defense. That should be enough to keep them in games. Who will win them? That’s the question. Cleveland fans are still waiting for a quarterback to step up and become a leader.

2013September 2, 2014: All of the excitement in Cleveland for 2014 surrounds rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. However, the Browns' defense is more likely to be a difference-maker this season. It should give division rivals Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore headaches all year. Whoever handles the ball for Cleveland will enjoy the security of one of the AFC's best blocking groups, starring Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, and rookie Joel Bitonio.

2013Devember 9, 2013: Josh Gordon set an NFL record with 774 receiving yards over a four-game span. He broke the record set earlier in the season by Calvin Johnson of the Lions, who had 746. Gordon went on to lead the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards.

September 4, 2013: The 2013 Browns are in rebuilding mode, from their coach to their quarterback to their front office. The team has good, young talent—including receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon—so opponents won't be able to relax on defense. Cleveland's own defense may be a work in progress, with a lot of players having to learn new roles. The fans should have fun watching rookie Barkevious Mingo go after enemy quarterbacks.

2013February 2, 2013: Five straight losses to begin the year killed any chance the Browns had of a winning season. But 5 wins in their next 8 gave Cleveland fans hope for the future. Kicker Phil Dawson scored 116 points and made the Pro Bowl, while rookie Brandon Weeden held his own as the team’s new quarterback.

Summer, 2012: Cleveland has a difficult schedule in 2012, especially on the road. To survive in the AFC North, they will need big contributions from their special teams, as well as rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden.

     
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Ray Renfro's son, Mike, caught what looked like the winning passing in the 1979 AFC Championship. The officials ruled him out of bounds but replays showed the catch was good. That's what started the use of instant replay in the NFL. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

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Don Colo played college ball for Brown University and then played for the NFL's version of "Brown University" in Cleveland! (Topps, Inc.)

 

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Mack Truck! Wow what a runner. One year he and Earnest Byner both ran for 1,000 yards. (NFL Pro Set)

 

Mac Speedie — End
Born 1/12/1920
Died: 3/12/1993
Played for Team: 1946 to 1952
Coach Paul Brown discovered Mac Speedie while he was playing for a football team in the army. Brown quickly signed Speedie and made him the centerpiece of the Cleveland passing attack. Speedie was named All-Pro each season from 1947 to 1949. He once caught a 99-yard touchdown pass.


Ray Renfro — Running Back/Receiver
Born: 11/7/1929
Died: 8/4/1997
Played for Team: 1952 to 1963
After Mac Speedie retired, Ray Renfro became Cleveland's most dangerous receiver. He averaged nearly 20 yards per catch for his career. Renfro played in the Pro Bowl three times. His son, Mike, was also an NFL star.


Len Ford — Defensive Lineman
Born: 2/18/1926
Died: 3/13/1972
Played for Team: 1950 to 1957
Len Ford started his NFL career as a receiver. After joining the Browns in 1950, he moved to right defensive end. Ford used his speed and power to become a devastating pass-rusher. He was voted All-Pro four years in a row starting in 1951. Ford recovered 20 fumbles during his career.


Don Colo — Defensive Lineman
Born: 1/5/1925
Played for Team: 1953 to 1958
Don Colo bounced around the NFL for three years before finding a home in Cleveland. With the Browns, he helped form one of the league's top defenses. Colo was an excellent pass-rusher who made the Pro Bowl three times.


Leroy Kelly — Running Back
Born: 5/20/1942
Played for Team: 1964 to 1973
Few fans had heard of Leroy Kelly when the Browns drafted him in 1964. In his first two seasons, Cleveland used him to return punts and kickoffs. When Jim Brown retired after the 1965 season, Kelly got his chance to start at running back. He rushed for more than 3,500 yards and 42 touchdowns over the next three years.


Kevin Mack — Running Back
Born: 8/9/1962
Played for Team: 1985 to 1993
Kevin Mack was one of the league's toughest rushers. He preferred to run through opponents instead of around them. Mack was also a great lead blocker for teammate Earnest Byner. In 1985, both players rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

     
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Otto Graham was very good about signing photos before he died in 2003. (Author's Collection)

 

ALL HAIL TIM
In 1999 and again in 2002, Tim Couch won games for the Browns with two long "Hail Mary" passes. He is the only quarterback in history to throw two game-winning passes of 50 yards or more with no time left on the clock.


TOTAL TEAM EFFORT
Cleveland's 56–10 victory over the Detroit Lions in the 1954 title game might have been the greatest performance ever by a team playing for the NFL championship. The Browns intercepted six passes by Hall of Famer Bobby Layne and forced three fumbles. Meanwhile, Otto Graham threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more. Afterwards, Detroit's coach, Buddy Parker, said, "I saw it, but still hardly can believe it."


BROWN OUT
How good was Jim Brown when he entered the NFL? In his second season, Brown led the league with 1,527 rushing yards. No other player had 800 yards that season.

     
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I don't remember Jim Brown very well, but boy do I remember Leroy Kelly. He went through defenses like a hot knife through butter! (Author's Collection)

 

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And for the record, it was always "Jimmy Brown" when I was a kid. I guess he preferred "Jim" because when he was an actor he went by that name. (Macfadden Publications)

 

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Football Digest gave out an NFL Quarterback of the Year award from 1973 to 1988. Brian Sipe was the winner in 1980. (Century Sports Publishing)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1948 — Marion Motley — 964
1950 — Marion Motley — 810
1957 — Jim Brown — 942
1958 — Jim Brown — 1,527
1959 — Jim Brown — 1,329
1960 — Jim Brown — 1,257
1961 — Jim Brown — 1,408
1963 — Jim Brown — 1,863
1964 — Jim Brown — 1,446
1965 — Jim Brown — 1,544
1967 — Leroy Kelly — 1,205
1968 — Leroy Kelly — 1,239


RECEIVING YARDS
1947 — Mac Speedie — 1,146
1949 — Mac Speedie — 1,028
2013 — Josh Gordon — 1,646


PASSING YARDS
1948 — Otto Graham — 2,713
1949 — Otto Graham — 2,785
1952 — Otto Graham — 2,816
1953 — Otto Graham — 2,722


RUSHING TDs
1959 — Jim Brown — 14
1958 — Jim Brown — 17
1963 — Jim Brown — 12
1965 — Jim Brown — 17
1966 — Leroy Kelly — 15
1967 — Leroy Kelly — 11
1968 — Leroy Kelly — 16


RECEIVING TDs
1963 — Gary Collins — 13 (tied for NFL lead)
1968 — Paul Warfield — 12


PASSING TDs
1946 — Otto Graham — 17 (tied for NFL lead)
1947 — Otto Graham — 25 (tied for NFL lead)
1952 — Otto Graham — 20 (tied for NFL lead)
1964 — Frank Ryan — 25
1966 — Frank Ryan — 30
1979 — Brian Sipe — 28 (tied for NFL lead)


POINTS
1958 — Jim Brown — 108
1968 — Leroy Kelly — 120


INTERCEPTIONS
1946 — Tom Colella — 10
1978 — Thom Darden — 10
1989 — Felix Wright — 9
1994 — Eric Turner — 9 (tied for NFL lead)
2001 — Anthony Henry — 10 (tied for NFL lead)


SACKS
No Brown has led the league in sacks.

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1946 AAFC Championship New York Yankees Won 14–9
1947 AAFC Championship New York Yankees Won 14–3
1948 AAFC Championship Buffalo Bills* Won 49–7
1949 AAFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 21–7
1950 NFL Championship Los Angeles Rams Won 30–28
1951 NFL Championship Los Angeles Rams Lost 24–17
1952 NFL Championship Detroit Lions Lost 17–7
1953 NFL Championship Detroit Lions Lost 17–16
1954 NFL Championship Detroit Lions Won 56–10
1955 NFL Championship Los Angeles Rams Won 38–14
1957 NFL Championship Detroit Lions Lost 59–14
1964 NFL Championship Baltimore Colts Won 27–0
1965 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 23–12
1968 NFL Championship Baltimore Colts Lost 34–0
1969 NFL Championship Minnesota Vikings LostL 27–7
1986 AFC Championship Denver Broncos L 23–20 (OT)
1987 AFC Championship Denver Broncos Lost 38–33
1989 AFC Championship Denver Broncos Lost 37–21


* The AAFC Buffalo Bills are not related to the NFL Buffalo Bills. The AAFC Bills went out of business after the 1949 season.

 
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