6. William Green
“Run, William, Run.” The words of play-by-play man Jim Donovan remain the most memorable play call of the expansion era.
In the final week of the 2002 season, with the Browns needing a win to stay in the playoff picture, Green ripped off a 64-yard run against the Falcons to keep the Browns alive. For the game, Green had 178 yards.
He ended his rookie campaign by rushing for 726 yards in the final seven games of the season.
Taken as the 16th pick in the 2002 draft, Green looked poised to make good on his draft position.
It just didn’t happen. It’s been well documented the struggles Green endured growing up, and he wasn’t able to shake those demons free as an adult.
While serving a suspension, Green was arrested for drunk driving and marijuana possession. Just a few weeks later, he made headlines after being stabbed by his fiancee. The Browns were ready to part ties with him then, but ultimately kept him.
Fortunately, Green’s personal life rebounded, as he went on to marry his fiancee and the couple have three children. He’s now a youth minister, who gives motivational speeches.
He last appeared in a Browns uniform in 2005. He finished his career with 2,109 yards.