(Cleveland) - The Browns celebrated Black History Month with a special panel on Thursday at First Energy Stadium.
In the audience were 150 students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The topic was "Lessons from the Past: Overcoming Challenges of Racial Barriers".
Browns legends, Bobby Mitchell, Greg Pruitt, Paul Wiggin & John Wooten.
The discussion, was moderated by Pro Football Hall of Fame President and Executive Director Steve Perry, and included former Browns greats Bobby Mitchell, John Wooten, Paul Wiggin and Greg Pruitt.
All four legends praised the Browns for setting equality as the standard for players on the field. However, Mitchell told of facing discrimination and segregation during his playing days in college.
Wiggin says it still haunts him when he recalls how black players were treated during his college years.
Wooten contends there still is some racism in sports, but he urged the students to rise above it, by achieving excellence on and off the field.
Pruitt says one of the best ways to succeed in sports is by using disadvantages as a motivating factor. The former running back and youngest ex-Brown on the panel explained that he was always the smallest player on the team, but that motivated him to be a difference-maker.
Pruitt urged the students to associate with people of good character, and to make sure they are prepared for the opportunities that lie ahead.
The early Browns teams made the kind of history both on and off the field that people are still talking about more than a half-century later.
In their first 10 years of existence from 1946-55, the Browns went to an unprecedented 10 straight league championship games. They played for the title every single year.
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