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Ray Renfro. 24. player. 53. . Wide Receiver. (1952-1963)

Greatest players in Cleveland Browns history: 24. Ray Renfro

Wide receiver Ray Renfro spent 12 seasons with the Browns from 1952 through 1963. Drafted in the fourth round in 1952 out of North Texas, Renfro was known for his incredible speed.

He averaged nearly 20 yards per catch throughout his career, including a sensational campaign in 1957 when he had 28 yards per grab. He was said to be “diseased with speed” by Bob Barnett & Bob Carroll Bob Barnett and Bob Carroll, who wrote a story titled Ray Renfro: Speed Story.

"“Ray Renfro was diseased with speed. Of course, it took more than speed to make Renfro one of the great offensive weapons during pro football’s so-called “Golden Age,” the 1950’s. When he first joined the Browns in 1952 from North Texas State, they were already a championship team loaded with superstars. Coach Paul Brown wasn’t quite sure what to do with a raw rookie who had so much to learn and was just a tad small. Still, the youngster liked contact, and he had all that speed. “ — Barnett and Carroll, The Coffin Corner"

Renfro got into coaching after his time with the Browns and his son, Mike Renfro, was a wide receiver for the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys.