Top-5 former Cleveland Browns to get a Super Bowl ring
4. Paul Warfield, Wide Receiver
Wie receiver Paul Warfield was an Ohio native who went on to star at Ohio State in the early 1960s. He was a two-way player for the Buckeyes that starred as a running back and defensive back. He showed enough promise that Cleveland used the No. 11 overall pick on him in 1964 as he continued to represent his home state.
Originally slated to play defensive back, Warfield proved to be too good at running routes and catching the ball to put on defense. The Browns converted him to wideout and he excelled for them. He spent eight seasons as their best receiver and finished his time with 271 receptions for 5,210 yards and 52 touchdowns. He put up enough numbers to still stand at No. 6 all-time for yardage and No. 3 for receiving touchdowns in franchise history.
Then the Browns shocked Warfield and their fans by trading him to the Miami Dolphins in 1970. Warfield didn’t expect the move and the fans were upset as he was one of the more popular players on the roster. Making matters worse, the Browns took quarterback Mike Phipps with the pick acquired for Warfield, and that didn’t pan out for them.
For Warfield, it ended up being a good thing. He was the leading receiver during their historic undefeated season and wound up winning back-to-back titles with the Dolphins.