Monday, 29 February 2016

Browns By The Numbers - 7, 8, 9!

Continuing the series, let's look at the numbers 7, 8 and 9.

Number 7

Terry Luck               QB   (1977)
Jeff Gossett                P  (1983-87)
Tom Tupa                  P   (1994-95)
Paul Ernster               P   (2007)
Bruce Gradkowski   QB  (2008)
Jeff Wolfert               K    (2011-12)
Brad Maynard           P    (2011)
Alex Tanney            QB   (2013)
Austin Davis            QB   (2015 - )

Terry Luck is much more known for being the father of Andrew Luck than he is for the four games and one start he made with the Browns in 1977. In those games he was a 50% passer (25-50) but had only 1 TD compared to 7 INTs. He doesn't appear to have any football cards.

1987 Topps #86
Jeff Gossett punted in all 16 games for the Browns in 1983, went to the USFL for 1984, and then returned to the Browns for all 16 games in 1985 and 1986, and 5 games in 1987. He punted 253 times for the Browns with a 40.7 yard average. He also went 1 for 3 passing for the Browns, throwing an interception. He did go on to make a Pro Bowl with the Raiders in 1991.

Tom Tupa started his NFL career as a QB with the Cardinals, but reinvented himself to get back into the league as a Punter with the Browns in 1994 and 1995. He punted 145 times for the Browns with a 41.7 yard average. In the season opener against the Bengals in 1994, Tupa ran in the first regular season two-point conversion in NFL history. He finished the season with 3 two-point conversions. He doesn't have a card with the Browns.

Paul Ernster punted in one game with the Browns in 2007, with 7 punts and a 36.6 average. He does not have a Browns card.

Brad Gradkowski also does not have a Browns card. He played in 2 games, losing his only start in 2008, and completing only 7 of 21 passes and throwing 3 interceptions.

Jeff Wolfert was brought in for successive training camps in 2011 and 2012, kicking in exhibition games in both years. He was cut both seasons, and does not have a football card.

Brad Maynard must have received the number 7 after Wolfert was cut, as he finished his 15 year NFL career with one year in Cleveland, punting 81 times with a 40.5 yard average. He does not have a Browns card.

Alex Tanney has over 4.2 million hits on his YouTube trick shot video while he was in college at Monmouth. The Browns signed him from the Cowboys practice roster late in 2013, but he didn't play in a game for them. He also does not have a Browns card.

Austin Davis is a current Cleveland Brown, starting two games for the team last year, losing both starts and throwing 3 Interceptions to go with 1 TD. He does not have a Browns card.

Just looking at players throwing passes while wearing number 7 for the Browns, they have 2 TDs and 14 INTs. Ouch.

Number 8

Johnny Evans            P   (1978-80)
Jeff Jaeger                 K   (1987)
Brad Goebel             QB  (1992-94)
Derrick Frost             P    (2004)
Trent Dilfer               QB  (2005)
Billy Cundiff               K   (2009, 2013-14)
Richmond McGee     P    (2011)
Josh Johnson            QB  (2012)
Brandon Bogotay       K    (2013)
Andy Lee                   P    (2015 - )

1981 Topps #129
In his three years with the Browns, Evans had 214 punts with a 39.5 average.

Jeff Jaeger does not have a Browns card after kicking for the Browns in 1987. He was 14 for 22 (63.6%), with a long of 48 yards. Like Jeff Gossett above, he ended up making the Pro Bowl with the Raiders in 1991. He does not have a Browns card.

Brad Goebel appeared in one game with the Browns, completing 2 of 3 passes for 32 yards late in a game in Cincinnati on November 1, 1992. He does not have a Browns card.

2005 Topps Total #139
In his one season with the Browns, Derrick Frost punted 85 times for a 40.0 yard average. He went on to play three seasons with the Redskins and one year with the Packers.

2005 Playoff Honors #24
Trent Dilfer started 11 games (4-7) with the Browns in 2005, completing 59.8% of his passes and throwing 11 TDs, and 12 INTs. Compare this to his one Super Bowl winning season in Baltimore where in 8 starts (7-1) he completed 59.3% of his passes with 12 TDs and 11 INTs. Amazing what a defense can do...

Billy Cundiff has had two stints kicking with the Browns, and didn't get a Browns card in either stint. Over his Browns career he was 49/61 on FGs, and a perfect 64/64 on PATs.

Richmond McGee punted in one game for the Browns in 2011. He had a 36.0 yard average on 8 punts, with the longest being 48 yards. He does not have a football card.

Josh Johnson, after Tampa Bay, appeared in one game with the Browns in 2012. He did not attempt a pass, but was sacked for 8 yards. He does not have a Browns card.

Brandon Bogotay was brought into training camp in 2013 to try to replace Phil Dawson as kicker. He wasn't successful and was released after camp. He does not have a football card.

The Browns traded for punter Andy Lee before last season. He had a good year with a 46.7 yard average on 70 punts. He does not have a Browns card.

Number 9

Greg Coleman          P  (1977)
Matt Bahr                 K  (1981-89)
Charlie Frye            QB (2005-07)
Troy Weatherhead  QB (2011)
Thaddeus Lewis      QB (2011-12)
Connor Shaw           QB (2014 - )

Greg Coleman started his NFL career with one season with the Browns, punting 61 times for a 39.2 yard average. He then went on to punt 10 years with the Vikings, and one with the Redskins. He does not have a Browns card.

1986 McDonald's Browns - Black Tab
In his nine seasons with the Browns, Matt Bahr kicked in 115 games for the Browns. He is 5th in franchise scoring with 677 points. (143 FGs, 248 PATs)

2007 Donruss Classics #26
Former Akron Zip Charlie Frye started 19 games for the Browns (6-13), throwing 14 TDs and 23 INTs. In a surprising move, he was traded to Seattle shortly after being pulled in the season opener he started in 2007.

Troy Weatherhead was signed off of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena League to join the Browns for training camp in 2011. He didn't even get to play in a pre-season game with the team, and has no football cards.

Thaddeus Lewis started the last game of the 2012 season for the Browns in Pittsburgh, throwing for 204 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. He started 5 games for the Bills in the 2013 season. He does not have a Browns card.

2014 Topps Strata #159
After starting the season finale in Baltimore in the 2014 season, Connor Shaw spent the 2015 season on injured reserve for the Browns. It will be interesting to see what his future holds as the Browns are expected to draft a QB high in the draft, and have Josh McCown and Austin Davis under contract for next year.


  1. I did not realize Brad Maynard played for the Browns; I learned something today.

  2. I always thought that Brandon Bogotay should have done better in making a team in the NFL than he did. He was a really good, accurate, big-legged kicker at Georgia who had the bad luck to also be kicking at the same time as UGA had Blair Walsh and then Marshall Morgan (who may end up in the NFL as well).

    1. By the way, did you hear the crack on the NFL network about finding which QB would be the next "former Browns QB"?

  3. I can't listen to Trent Dilfer.....or any other pregame ex NFL player analyst.