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Cleveland Browns’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Cleveland Browns began play way back in 1946, and were an NFL franchise until 1995, after which owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore to become the Ravens. But the great people of Cleveland revolted and got a team back, in the form of an expansion team which would also be known as the Browns and have the same orange, brown and white colors. That team began play in 1999. So for the sake of records, the Ravens have their own and the Browns’ franchise is considered one team that took three years off. The Browns have also never played in a Super Bowl, and last won a championship, their eighth in all, in 1964. Here is a short list of the Browns’ all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:
Gary Collins (70)—Gary Collins was an all-purpose player (including punter) who played for the Browns his entire career, from 1962 to 1971, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 70 touchdown receptions. Collins led the NFL in 1963 with 13 touchdown catches, but his best overall season was probably 1966, one of two seasons he was selected to the Pro Bowl. That year, Collins had career highs in catches (56) and receiving yards (946), with 12 touchdowns.
Dante Lavelli (62)—Dante Lavelli played for the Browns his entire career, from 1946 to 1956, and he ranks second in franchise history with 62 touchdown catches. Lavelli had arguably his best season in 1947, when he had career best numbers in receptions (49) and TD catches (9) with 799 receiving yards.
Paul Warfield (52)—Paul Warfield had two stints with the Browns, from 1964 to 1969 and again in 1976 and 1977. Warfield ranks third in Browns’ history with 52 touchdown receptions, and his best season was 1968. That year, Warfield made the Pro Bowl for one of eight times, and he caught 50 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1067) and TD catches (12, led the NFL).
Ray Renfro (50)—Ray Renfro played for the Browns his entire career, from 1952 to 1963, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 50 touchdown catches. Renfro had a career best 8 TD catches in 1955, but his best overall season was arguably 1961. That year, Renfro had career highs in receptions (48) and receiving yards (834), with six touchdowns.
Ozzie Newsome (47)—Tight end Ozzie Newsome played for the Browns his entire career, from 1978 to 1990, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 47 TD receptions. Newsome had a career best 9 touchdown catches in 1979, but his best overall season was probably 1984, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Newsome had a career high (actually tied a career high) 89 receptions for 1001 receiving yards, with 5 touchdown receptions.