Vintage Browns

A Warm Look Back at the Cleveland Browns of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and More

Terry Pluto


Like a classic throwback jersey, this book recalls favorite players and moments from Cleveland Browns teams of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and more. Visit with Bernie Kosar, Ozzie Newsome, Brian Sipe, Marty Schottenheimer, Doug Dieken, Greg Pruitt, Kevin Mack, Bill Belichik and others from days when the “Kardiac Kids” and the “Dawgs” ruled the old Stadium.

Softcover / 208 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 39 photos

ISBN: 9781598511192


If you remember the Kardiac Kids … the Dawgs … the old Stadium … Bernie and Marty and Ozzie … this book is for you!

Like a Classic throwback jersey, it recalls favorite players and exciting moments from Cleveland Browns teams of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and more.

They played it old-school.

Doug Dieken set the NFL record for consecutive starts by a left tackle despite three knee surgeries, broken hands and thumbs, torn tendons, a broken arm and “a concussion or two. Maybe four or six. Hard to know.”

Ozzie Newsome never expected to play tight end when he was drafted, then practically reinvented the position on his way to the Hall of Fame.

Bernie Kosar carried a massive weight on his young shoulders as a hometown hero leading the Browns during years when the team offered a ray of hope to a downtrodden city. Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack together formed one powerhouse backfield and separately dealt admirably with adversity.

Phil Dawson discovered that despite popularity and longevity, “Every kick could be your last.”

Also includes Gregg Pruitt, Brian Sipe, Marty Schottenheimer, Reggie Langhorne, Brian Brennan, Bill Belichick, Tim Couch, Phil Dawson, and others.

These insightful short profiles will entertain Browns fans of any vintage!

Additional information

Weight.625 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .48 in

Softcover, Softcover (Autographed)

Table of Contents

  • Why This Book? Why Now?
  • Tape It Up and Play: Doug Dieken
  • Small, But Solid: Greg Pruitt
  • What Might Have Been: The Kardiac Kids
  • The Last Hall of Famer: Ozzie Newsome
  • The Departure of Brian Sipe
  • More than a Gleam: Marty Schottenheimer
  • Beyond The Drive and The Fumble: The Browns of the Late 1980s
  • Mack & Byner
  • One of Us: Bernie Kosar
  • Two Receivers: Reggie Langhorne and Brian Brennan
  • This Never Should Have Happened: Marty Leaves
  • Bill Belichick Comes to Cleveland
  • Bill & Bernie
  • The Fall of Bill Belichick
  • Tim Couch Got a Raw Deal But Still Loves the Browns
  • Every Kick Could Be Your Last: Phil Dawson
  • Drafted from His Basement: Aaron Shea
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Brady Quinn
  • The Most Underrated Brown
  • This Browns Player Changed My Life