8. Tommy O’Connell
The 18th round draft pick of the Chicago Bears was only a Brown for two seasons, but none-the-less, he deserves to mentioned with other Browns’ greats.
O’Connell had the tough job of taking over for a legend named Otto Graham,
He split time with Milt Plum during the 1957 season after he suffered a leg injury, but he was still a key cog in helping Paul Brown’s team reach the NFL championship game. O’Connell started the contest, and the Browns ended up getting routed by the Detroit Lions.
However, there’s a very short list of quarterbacks to start for Cleveland in championship games, and O’Connell is one of them.
O’Connell also made his only Pro Bowl in 1957. He posted a 7-1-1 record as a starter, and tossed nine touchdown passes.
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