Dino Lucarelli, a fixture in the Cleveland Browns’ organization for the past 35 years, announced his retirement from the club today. Most recently the team’s Director of Alumni Relations, Lucarelli will remain as a consultant.
“After 35 years with the Browns I have decided to retire,” Lucarelli said. “I am celebrating my 75th birthday this month and look forward to the additional time I will be able to spend with my family. I’ve had a tremendous run, having had the unique opportunity to be a part of my hometown team, and I want to thank everyone I’ve worked with during those 35 memorable years.”
“Dino Lucarelli has been a staple of the Cleveland Browns for more than three decades,” said Browns President Mike Keenan. “It’s not very often that someone has the opportunity to spend 35 years with the same organization, a clear indication of Dino’s affable personality. He developed long-lasting relationships with players, coaches and front office personnel throughout his tenure. On behalf of everyone at the Browns, we want to wish Dino and his family the best of luck in the future.”
Lucarelli began his affiliation with the Browns in 1975, and since that time he has served in a myriad of capacities including player relations, community relations, public relations and alumni relations. Prior to joining the Browns, Lucarelli also worked for the Cleveland Indians (1967-75) and Cleveland Barons (1962-67).
In 2002, when the club finished construction of the media room at their Berea training facility, it was named the “Dino Lucarelli Media Center.” In addition, the Browns’ “Good Guy” Award, which is given to a player each year for his cooperation with the media, bears Lucarelli’s name.
The Browns plan to recognize Lucarelli at the team’s regular season opener on September 13 against the Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
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