|Date of birth: March 16, 1956
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA
|NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23|
|Debuted in 1978 for the Cleveland Browns|
|Last played in 1990 for the Cleveland Browns|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|College Football Hall of Fame|
Ozzie Newsome is an American Football general manager currently of the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. Newsome is a former NFL tight end, who wore #82 with the Cleveland Browns. Newsome is the NFL's third all-time leading receiver for a tight end, with 662 career catches. Newsome retired as a player after the 1990 season Cleveland, but joined the Browns front office as an executive that same year. In 1996, the Browns became the Baltimore Ravens. Newsome quickly rose up the rankings under owner Art Modell. After the 2003 season, Modell, along with several other Ravens front office members, retired. This left many open spots. Newsome became the team's new general manager under new owner Steve Biscotti.
Throughout his career in the NFL, Ozzie Newsome has been known as one of the best tight ends and front office men in the history of the league. With Baltimore, Newsome signed Hall of Famers Mike Singletary, Shannon Sharpe, and Rod Woodson. He also drafted almost certain future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis, Johnathon Ogden, Ed Reed, and Terrell Suggs, among other notables.