20 Facts About Ozzie Newsome


Ozzie Newsome was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Ozzie Newsome is the former general manager of the Baltimore Ravens and now serves as a behind-the-scenes executive with the team.


Ozzie Newsome is widely regarded as one of the greatest tight ends of all time.


Ozzie Newsome played for Alabama, where he started for all four years of his college career.


In total, Ozzie Newsome amassed 102 receptions for 2,070 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, while returning 40 punts for 301 yards.


Ozzie Newsome's 20.3 average yards per catch was a Southeastern Conference record for over 20 years.


Ozzie Newsome was named the Alabama Player of the Decade for the 1970s.


Ozzie Newsome was a two-time All-SEC player, and named SEC Lineman of the Year in 1977 by the Birmingham Quarterback Club and the Atlanta Touchdown Club.


In 1994, Ozzie Newsome was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.


Ozzie Newsome was drafted in the first round with the 23rd pick in the 1978 NFL Draft for the Cleveland Browns.


Ozzie Newsome was named the Browns' Offensive Player of the Year his rookie year, the first time in 25 years that a rookie had received that honor.


Ozzie Newsome went to the Pro Bowl in 1981,1984 and 1985.


In 1984, Ozzie Newsome set a franchise record for receiving yards in a game that stood for 29 years until it was broken in 2013 by Josh Gordon.


In 1986, Ozzie Newsome won the Ed Block Courage Award for playing with injuries, and in 1990, he won the Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award for his community service.


Ozzie Newsome finished his career with 662 receptions and 7,980 yards, both Cleveland franchise records, and 47 touchdowns, fifth all-time.


In 1999, Ozzie Newsome was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Ozzie Newsome was a front office executive with the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until their relocation to Baltimore in 1996; he has remained an executive with the Baltimore Ravens since their inaugural season.


On November 22,2002, Ozzie Newsome was named the first general manager of the Ravens, making him the first African-American to occupy that position in the NFL.


In 2003, Ozzie Newsome received the United States Sports Academy's highest honor, the Eagle Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to international sport.


Ozzie Newsome is a member of the Cleveland Browns' "Ring of Honor", becoming a member of the first class inducted on September 19,2010.