Cleveland Browns’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Cleveland Browns are a historic franchise but in 1996 they became the Baltimore Ravens, and the city of Cleveland had no football until the NFL granted them an expansion franchise, which began play in 1999. The team was basically the same colors, etc. and the record books show no correlation between the Browns and Ravens, something Cleveland fans naturally would prefer. So what follows is a list of the all-time Top 10 in receiving yards for the Browns’ franchise:
Ozzie Newsome (7980)—Tight end Ozzie Newsome played his entire career with the Browns, from 1978 to 1990, and was one of the game’s tight ends during that time period. Then he went to work in the Browns’ front office and moved with the team to Baltimore, where he is still working and has become one of the league’s top general managers. Newsome tops the list of Browns’ all-time receivers with 7980 receiving yards and he made three Pro Bowls, once as a first team All Pro. Newsome had his best season in 1981, when he caught 69 passes for a career high 1002 yards and 6 touchdown receptions.
Dante Lavelli (6488)—Right end Dante Lavelli also played his entire career with the Browns, from 1946 to 1956. He ranks second in team history with 6488 receiving yards and made the Pro Bowl three times. Lavelli’s rookie year was his best, catching 40 passes for a career high 843 yards (led the NFL) and 8 TDs. Lavelli’s 21.1 yards per catch also led the league that season.
Mac Speedie (5602)—Left end Mac Speedie had maybe the greatest name for a receiver, and he ranks third in franchise history with 5602 receiving yards. Speedie played for the Browns from 1946 to 1952 and made the Pro Bowl five times in his seven seasons, three times as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1947, when Speedie had career highs in receptions (67) and receiving yards (1146) with 6 touchdown catches. The receptions and yards led the NFL that season.
Ray Renfro (5508)—Ray Renfro played his entire career in Cleveland, from 1952 to 1963, and ranks fourth in Browns’ history with 5508 receiving yards. Renfro was a three-time Pro Bowler and had his best season in 1961, with career highs in receptions (48) and receiving yards (834) with 6 TDs.
Gary Collins (5299)—Gary Collins played for the Browns his entire career, from 1962 to 1971 and was a punter as well as a receiver. Collins ranks fifth in team history with 5299 receiving yards and made the Pro Bowl twice during his career. His best season was 1966, with career highs in catches (56) and receiving yards (946) with 12 touchdown receptions. Collins had 57 punts that season as well for a 39.0 yard average.
Paul Warfield (5210)—Paul Warfield played for the Browns from 1964 to 1969 and again in 1976 and 1977, with a few years in Miami in between. While Warfield made the Pro Bowl every season he played in Miami, he had some great years in Cleveland too. Warfield ranks sixth in Browns’ history with 5210 receiving yards and made the Pro Bowl twice there. His best season was in a Browns’ uniform, in 1968, when Warfield caught 50 passes for career highs in yards (1067) and receiving TDs (12).
Reggie Rucker (4953)—Reggie Rucker played most of his career in Cleveland, from 1975 to 1981, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 4953 receiving yards. Rucker’s best season was 1978, when he caught 43 passes for career highs in receiving yards (893) and touchdown catches (8).
Webster Slaughter (4834)—Webster Slaughter played for the Browns from 1986 to 1991, and then played six more seasons with four different teams. Slaughter ranks eighth in team history with 4834 receiving yards, and his best season was 1989. That year, Slaughter went to the Pro Bowl by catching 65 passes for a career best 1236 yards and 6 touchdown receptions.
Dave Logan (4247)—Dave Logan played most of his career in Cleveland, from 1976 to 1983, and ranks ninth in Browns’ history with 4247 receiving yards. Logan’s best season was 1979, with career highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (982) and TD catches (7).
Milt Morin (4208)—Tight end Milt Morin played his entire career with the Browns, from 1966 to 1975, and ranks tenth in their history with 4208 receiving yards. Morin made the Pro Bowl twice, and his best season was one of those seasons, 1968. That year, Morin had career highs in catches (43), receiving yards (792) and touchdown receptions (5).