Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell: Lerner family and Cleveland Browns show “respect for those who played for them”

The Cleveland Browns yesterday unveiled a new Ring of Honor at Cleveland Browns Stadium to recognize the 16 former Browns in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“One by one, they held their hands high and embraced the roar and appreciation,” the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd wrote of the former players and family members honored in the halftime ceremony. “Then the curtains were pulled off the upper deck, revealing the names and numbers of every hall of famer to wear a Browns jersey.”

Bobby Mitchell, who played for the Browns from 1958-61, was one of those honored. ”That pumped the old heart up,” Mitchell said. “It shows that the Cleveland Browns have a lot of respect for those who have played for them. It’s such a great honor to see something that will be displayed for a long, long time. This is just fantastic.”

Leroy Kelly, who played for Cleveland from 1964-73, echoed those sentiments. “Being inducted into the hall of fame is the ultimate honor for a professional athlete,” Kelly said. “This is icing on the cake. This is for the Browns fans all over the world. I get a lot of appreciation out of it, but it’s basically for the fans and my family and generations to come.”

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