Daily Dawg Tags: Remembering a special No. 54
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns will open the 2017 NFL season in 54 days, which was also the uniform number of the late Tom DeLeone.
In 54 days, the Cleveland Browns will open the 2017 NFL season as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Fifty-four is also the uniform number of the late Tom DeLeone, who is a close second to Alex Mack as the best center in franchise history.
DeLeone was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 1972 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He spent two years in Cincinnati before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons, who put DeLeone on waivers after he was injured. The Houston Oilers claimed him only to release him a few days later. He finally returned home to Northeast Ohio when the Browns signed him midway through the 1974 season.
Over the next 11 years in Cleveland, DeLeone played in 149 games, making 104 starts, and became one of just three centers in franchise history to make multiple Pro Bowls, joining Alex Mack and John Morrow.
In 2011, the team inducted DeLeone into the Cleveland Browns Legends club
Following his retirement after the 1984 season, DeLeone spent 22 years in law enforcement, working with the U.S. Treasury Department and with an anti-terrorism unit.
Sadly, DeLeone passed away on May 22, 2016, at the age of 65.
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