Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Detailed view of a NFL Wilson Football during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
6. Bill Nelsen
Bill Nelsen came to the Browns from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade during the spring of 1968. He started that season as Frank Ryan’s backup, but eventually took over job. In his first start, he knocked off the previously unbeaten Baltimore Colts. He won nine of his first 11 starts, en route to leading the Browns to playoffs.
Needless to say, Nelsen’s Brown’s career was off and running.
The next season, Nelsen led the Browns to a 10-3-1 mark. The Browns made the playoffs again, and Nelsen made his first Pro Bowl.
unfortunately injures caught up to Nelseon, who suffered a pinched nerve in his throwing arm. The injury would nag Nelsen the rest of his career.
Weeks after the 1972 season concluded, Nelsen underwent his fifth knee surgery.
From 1968-1972, Nelsen quarterback the Browns to three playoff appearances in five years. His 9,725 yards are sixth all-time and he posted a 33-16-2 record as a starter. He also tossed 71 touchdowns, which is fifth all time.
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