Best Cleveland Browns pass-catcher No. 4: Ray Renfro
Texas-born Ray Renfro was drafted in 1952 by Cleveland. His career ran for 12 seasons, all as a member of the Browns, and he ended up catching 281 passes for 5,508 yards. He tallied 50 touchdowns in that time as well during his time with Cleveland.
Renfro made it to the Pro Bowl three times during his career and he was an integral part of two NFL Championships for the Browns in 1954 and 1955. In the 1954 game against the Detroit Lions where Cleveland destroyed their opponent 56-10, Renfro caught five passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
He was a top 10 wide receiver in terms of yardage in the NFL three times over his career — even if the numbers don’t look as dominant as what we see today. He was also in the top 10 over the course of four seasons for touchdowns caught.
During his great 1955 season, Renfro led the league with a 20.8 yards per catch average showing off his blazing speed. Renfro also handled punt and kickoff returns in several of his professional seasons — proving to be a very versatile player. The Browns in their history have had several players that played multiple roles for the team and Renfro was a prime example.