- The Wizard Of Oz (Class of 1999)
Ozzie Newsome praised the Cleveland Browns for being the city he stayed his entire NFL career for, worshipping the fans and also his family for supporting him all the way. The “Wizard Of Oz” made the audience happy without using magic, but just the kindness of his words.
1978 NFL Draft: Coming from the University of Alabama, Ozzie Newsome was drafted in the 1st round, at 23rd overall draft pick by the Cleveland Browns football franchise.
Ozzie Newsome Career Highlights: 3× Pro Bowl (1981, 1984, 1985), 4× Second-team All-Pro (1980, 1981, 1983, 1985), 2× First-team All-Pro (1979, 1984).
Key Quote of the speech: “But I’ve come to understand and appreciate passion for 13 years for playing in front of what I consider the greatest football fans in America. You know, we’ve got the great fans here from Buffalo and the great fans here from New York. But I want to give you your official welcome to the “Dawg Pound.”
- Automatic Otto’s Moment (Class of 1965)
Key quote during hall of fame speech: “I’ve had many honors in my day, but I have to admit, this has to be the tops of all of them. I want to thank the Football Hall of Fame, for the wonderful hospitality they have shown to all of us. I honestly don’t think I belong here, but I’ll be darn if I’ll give this bust back.”
1944 NFL Draft: Coming from the Northwestern University, “Automatic” Otto Graham was drafted in the 1st round, as a 4th overall draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1944, finally playing for the Cleveland Browns in 1946 due to serving in the military towards the end of World War II.
Otto Graham Career Achievements: 4× NFL completion percentage leader (1947, 1953–1955), 2× NFL passer rating leader (1953, 1955), NFL passing touchdowns leader (1952), 2× NFL passing yards leader (1952, 1953), 5× Pro Bowl (1950–1954), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1950, 1952), 4× First-team All-Pro (1951, 1953–1955), 3× NFL world champion (1950, 1954, 1955), & 3× NFL MVP (1951, 1953, 1955).