The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

CLEVELAND — Four new members of the Browns “Legends” club were recognized on Sunday at halftime.

The Class of 2007 includes:

n The late Horace Gillom, the team’s punter in all six of its NFL championship games from 1950-55. He was represented by his son, Dennis.

n Don Cockroft, one of the last straight-on place-kickers, who succeeded Lou Groza in 1968 and was with the team through 1980.

n Bill Glass, who started at right defensive end in the 1964, ’65 and ’68 NFL title games.

n Kevin Mack, who joined Earnest Byner to form the only Browns running back tandem to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in the same year, 1985.

Cockcroft grew up in Colorado but became entrenched in Ohio during his long Browns career and has settled in Stark County. He scored 1,080 points, second in Browns history behind Groza’s 1,349.

“It was an enormous opportunity to replace one of the greatest kickers (Groza),” Cockroft told the crowd from midfield. “To be in that same category, particularly with the Browns, is a great honor.”

Gillom was one of Paul Brown’s great all-around players at Massillon Washington High School. He was a strong offensive and defensive end but was best known for majestic punts that soared over stadioum lights.

— Steve Doerschuk

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