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Browns hire St. Mary’s native Dorsey

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Cleveland, OH - After being sacked this past summer by the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Mary’s County native John Dorsey is tackling a big challenge—returning the Cleveland Browns franchise to its glory years. The Browns announced Thursday, Dec. 7 that have hired Dorsey—the National Football League’s Executive of the Year for 2013—as their new general manager.

The current Cleveland Browns team was created back in the 1990s after the team owned by the late Art Modell left town and became the Baltimore Ravens. Today’s franchise began playing in 1999. The new Browns have only had two winning seasons—2002 and 2007—and a record of 88 - 200 in their less-than 20 years of existence.

“John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning football teams and is highly respected for his football acumen,” Browns’ owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said in a joint statement. “Bringing in someone of John Dorsey’s caliber, his track record of success and experience, significantly strengthens our opportunities to build a winning football team and that has been and continues to be, what we want for our fans.”

Dorsey, who played his high school football in Annapolis, was a four-year starter at linebacker for the University of Connecticut and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He still holds that team’s record for special teams tackles. In addition to the Chiefs, Dorsey has held front office posts with the Packers and Seattle Seahawks.

There are reports that in hiring Dorsey just hours after firing their current general manager, the Cleveland Browns may not have adhered to the league’s “Rooney Rule,” which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate before confirming a hire. The Browns ownership is contending that the process to name a new general manager has been underway for several weeks and was culminated when Dorsey agreed to take the position.

"Football is what I know, it is what I love, it is what I have worked my whole career at and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning football team," Dorsey said in a statement.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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