In 2001 the Browns started their version of a Hall of Fame by inducting Hall of Famers, Ray Renfro, Gene Hickerson, Greg Pruitt, Bernie Kosar, Michael Dean Perry into the ‘Cleveland Browns Legends’.
The team announced today that they’ll be adding two more players to the list – Linebacker Vince Costello (1957-66) and Center Tom DeLeone (1974-84).
Costello finished his career with the New York Giants, but will forever be remembered as a Cleveland Brown. In his first year with the team, Costello helped lead the team to the ’57 Championship Game. In ’64, he was part of a Browns team that won the NFL Championship. During his career with the Browns, Costello recorded 18 interceptions and tied for the team lead with 7 in ’63. Of his 146 career games, Costello appeared in 130 with the Cleveland Browns.
After playing the first two years of his career with the other team from Ohio (Bengals), DeLeone played the next 10 years with the Browns. During his 149 career regular season games, he blocked for six 1,000 yard rushers and was part of an offensive line that helped QB Brian Sipe lead the NFL in passing in 1980 with 4,132 yards. DeLeone was selected to the 1980 and ’81 Pro Bowls and helped the team to playoff appearances in ’80 and ’82. He also won the 1980 AFC Central Divisional Title.
DeLeone and Costello will join a long list of former Cleveland Browns as Cleveand Browns Legends.
Class of 2001: Ray Renfro, Gene Hickerson, Greg Pruitt, Bernie Kosar, Michael Dean Perry
Class of 2002: Mac Speedie, Brian Sipe, Clay Matthews
Class of 2003: Bob Gain, Dick Schafrath, Hanford Dixon
Class of 2004: Tommy James, Dub Jones, Gary Collins, Mike Pruitt
Class of 2005: Jim Ray Smith, Frank Ryan, Jerry Sherk, Frank Minnifield
Class of 2006: Walt Michaels, Jim Houston, Doug Dieken, Earnest Byner
Class of 2007: Horace Gillom, Bill Glass, Don Cockroft, Kevin Mack
Class of 2008: Warren Lahr, Paul Wiggin, Walter Johnson, Eric Metcalf
Class of 2010: Cody Risien, John Wooten
Both Costello and DeLeone will be honored during halftime of the Browns home match-up against the Miami Dolphins on September 25th.
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