Cleveland Browns: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns
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Josh Cribbs. 21. player. 53. . Wide Receiver/Returner. (2005-2012)

Greatest players in Cleveland Browns history: 21. Josh Cribbs

For younger Browns fans, there may be no player in recent memory that was more fun to watch than Josh Cribbs. Listed as a wide receiver, Cribbs got in on the action in more ways than most players to don the orange and brown.

He was a former quarterback at Kent State that signed as an undrafted free agent with Cleveland in 2005 and they owed him to wide receiver. He played there, at running back and quarterback for the Browns, but it was as a return man that he made his mark.

Cribbs has the most kickoff return yards in Cleveland history with 8,837. He’s also set marks for the most all-purpose yards in a single season when he had 2,510 total yards in 2009 and has the most all-purpose yards in Browns’ history with 12,343.

From 2005-2012 he also managed to record 11 touchdowns as a return man between punt and kickoff returns. Unfortunately, the electric Cribbs was never part of a winning franchise and had to do most of his work during the team’s down seasons.

After his eight years with the Browns, Cribbs played for a season with the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets before calling it a career. Cribbs is back now with the Browns as a coaching intern, hoping to turn around the franchise he gave so much to as a player.