The Cleveland Browns unveiled their new jerseys this past April. After only five regular season games, the jerseys are being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Well a couple of the jerseys are.
Quarterback Josh McCown and tight end Gary Barnidge can now tell their grand children that their uniforms are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McCown and Barnidge’s white game used jerseys will be part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s artifacts archive in a tweet sent out by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
McCown had a career day in last Sunday’s 33-30 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. McCown threw for a franchise record 457 yards and a pair of touchdowns. McCown’s jersey is heading to Canton because he is the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 450 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and also rush for a touchdown in a single game. McCown also made franchise history by becoming the first Browns quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three consecutive games.
As for Barnidge, he also made Browns franchise history in Sunday’s win over the division rival Ravens. Barnidge is the first Browns tight end in over 30 years to catch a touchdown pass in three consecutive games. The last Browns tight end to accomplish that feat was in the building at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday, Ozzie Newsome, the legendary Browns tight end who is currently the general manager of the Ravens.
Barnidge added his name to the Browns history book with a highlight reel touchdown catch. Barnidge caught the pass from McCown while lying on the ground at the goal line and using his legs to keep the football from hitting the ground. Barnidge caught the ball with his legs and then got the ball into his arms for the spectacular touchdown reception.
“I have only seen it the time on the field,” Barnidge said earlier this week. “I haven’t watched it since. Everyone else tells me about. We watched it going over the film today, but that was the only other time I have seen it.”
“He’s on a roll now and he tends to do something new every week so we’ll see,” McCown said this week. “I’m sure it’ll be good, whatever he does. I don’t know if he’s going to catch it with his shoes or something, but he’ll figure out something new. That’s the good thing about Gary is he’s been consistent and he’s played at a high level and certainly been a big factor to why we’ve been able to do the things we do offensively.”
Since McCown returned to the starting lineup in week three, he and Barnidge have been a play making combination for the Browns offense. The duo has hooked up 20 times for 319 yards and three touchdowns. It’s not the first time McCown and Barnidge have played together in the NFL. They were teammates with the Carolina Panthers back in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
“I think it helps a little bit because he is familiar with me and I am familiar with him,” Barnidge said. “I think that helps a little bit.”
“I thought he was really good and I’ve always followed him through his career,” McCown said. “I like his skillset. I think sometimes people look at Gary and he may not be as sexy as a guy as (Chargers TE) Antonio Gates or somebody, but at the same time, he just gets open, he catches balls and does a good job when the ball is around him. He tracks it and he pulls it in. Can’t say enough about him.”
This is the second year in a row that the Browns have had a pair of jerseys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Last year, Brian Hoyer and Travis Benjamin had their jerseys enshrined in Canton after the two hooked up on the game winning touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans. Hoyer and Benjamin’s touchdown capped off the largest road come back in NFL history.