Cleveland Browns: 15 best running backs of all-time

Full back Mike Pruitt #43 of the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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player. 53. . RB. 1948-1955. Dub Jones. 11

A name that’s not thrown around much when thinking of some of the better Browns of all-time is former running back Dub Jones. That could be because Jones shared the backfield with fullback Marion Motley, who was the primary ball carrier for them at the time.

As for Jones, the 6-foot-4, 202-pound running back was originally a member of the Miami Seahawks of the AAFC and then headed to the Brooklyn Dodgers of the same football league.

After two seasons with Brooklyn, he was traded to the Browns in 1948 and finished his career with them in 1955. During that span, he won two AAFC titles and three NFL Championships. Jones returned in 1963 as a coach and worked in that capacity until 1968.

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On the field, Jones was more adept as a receiver than a runner. His best year in that regard came in 1052 when he had 651 yards through the air and four touchdowns. In all, he had 171 receptions for 2,874 yards and 20 touchdowns as a pass catcher in his eight seasons.

As a runner, he had 1,910 yards but averaged a respectable 4.2 yards per attempt and put in another 20 touchdowns for the Browns. His best season on the ground came in 1951 when he made his first Pro Bowl. That season he had 492 yards and seven touchdowns — while adding 570 yards and five scores as a receiver.

The last few seasons of his tenure hardly saw Jones running that ball. However during his prime, he was an impressive dual threat out of the backfield.