Last week Scott brought to our attention Braylon Edwards’ basketball skills, and we wondered whether or not he was allowed to participate in these types of events. Well, we don’t have any more answers than we did last week, but it certainly got me thinking.
Years ago the Browns used to schedule basketball games against local organizations for charity and public relations. One such event was organized by the Akron Police Department, and my father was a participant. These events were awesome. Players were accessible, and it was fun to see these athletes doing something other than football. Some of them were really good. Some just seemed to be along for the ride, but that was okay because they signed autographs and let fans snap pictures at will.
Memories of these events came flooding back after finding some old Polaroids. (Hat tip to mom!) These pics were taken in the winter of 1981 I believe. Yeah, that’s Cleveland’s favorite ex-Steeler coach Bill Cowher. He sure looks good sporting the Orange and Brown…
More pics after the jump, better look at them before Mangini orders your screen painted over. Prepare yourself for plenty of moustache and short shorts…
Here’s Reggie Rucker. He was no doubt the best of the bunch at hoops according to my memory. (From the looks of the sweat stains he played the most too.)
Greg Pruitt was there. He and Mike Pruitt (no relation) were quite a one-two combination in the backfield. (Amazing how concepts recycle in the NFL…)
My favorite Brown of that era- Ricky Feacher.
So you might be tempted to think this was a coach with his intimidating physique. Actually this is Tom Delone, a two time Pro Bowler at center for the Browns, and a Buckeye All-American. Go figure.
And finally, Paul McDonald drew the biggest crowd. That’s probably because he hadn’t started a game yet. Big props go to “Squints” Palledorous for making an appearance 12 years prior to his existence. “It’s about time Benny, my clothes are goin’ outta style.”