The Cleveland Browns organization, over the past several years, has greatly improved their recognition of the team's great history.
Part of that embrace is including players who have made a significant impact on the team in the "Cleveland Browns Legends". There's an annual induction ceremony to honor the players, and they are given special recognition by the organization.
As of today, there are forty players who have been recognized by the team. The team announced this afternoon that Horace Gillom, Bill Glass, Don Cockroft, and Kevin Mack have been included in the listing.
PK/P Don Cockroft was with the team from 1968-80 and had the challenge of following the immortal Lou Groza as the team's kicker. While not the Hall of Famer Groza was, Cockroft was an exceptionally reliable kicker who appeared in 188 consecutive games during his tenure with the club. Cockroft ended his career with 1,080 points scored, second-most (to Groza) in team history.
DE Bill Glass had an exceptional career on the playing field before moving on to an equally exceptional career off of it. Glass owns the Browns record for sacks in a season (14.5, 1965) and was a key part of the 1964 Championship team. After finishing his football career, he founded Bill Glass Ministries, which is now called Bill Glass Champions for Life.
P Horace Gillom joins Cockroft as the second punter in this year's class. Kicking 385 times for head coach Paul Brown, Gillom ended his ten-year career with the second-highest gross punting average in franchise history (43.8 yards). Playing in an era before specialization took over, Gillom also played defensive end.
The punishing runs of RB Kevin Mack are still fresh in the minds of many Browns fans who watched the team challenge for the AFC championship in the 1980s. Currently a member of the Browns organization, Mack amassed 5,123 yards in his NFL career. Teamed with RB Earnest Byner, Mack was a punishing runner who ran the ball into the end zone 46 times as a pro, fourth all-time on a Browns team with a rich history of running the ball. Mack and Byner both gained over 1,000 yarsd in 1985, only the third duo in NFL history to pull off that feat.