Brian Brennan

Induction Year: 2009 Sport: Football

A 5-foot-9, 178-pound wide receiver willing to go over the middle to catch a pass in the National Football League is one tough customer. Brian Brennan did it for nine seasons, eight of them with the Browns. Whatever Brennan lacked in size, he more than made up for it in courage. Brennan, 47, caught the attention of NFL scouts in the early 1980s, when he was on the receiving end of passes thrown by heralded Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie. Brennan holds the single-season BC record for catches (66) in 1984. The Browns made Brennan a fourth-round selection (104th pick overall) of the 1984 draft. It turned out to be one of the great fourth-round picks in franchise history. In eight seasons with the Browns (1984-91), Brennan had 315 catches (tied for fourth in club history), with 20 touchdowns. Brennan’s best season with the Browns was in 1986, when he made 55 catches good for 838 yards and six TDs. One of the most memorable TD grabs Brennan made occurred in the AFC Championship game against Denver in January 1987. Brennan’s 48-yard catch from Bernie Kosar gave the Browns a 20-13 lead with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter. The Cleveland Stadium crowd smelled the Browns first Super Bowl appearance. Alas, it never happened. What unfolded instead was “The Drive”, John Elway’s 98-yard march that ended with a touchdown. The Browns went on to lose in overtime. Brennan, whose career ended with the Bengals and Chargers in 1992, made 334 receptions. Good for 4,338 yards and 20 TDs in 132 NFL games. Married (Bethany), Brennan is an executive for KeyBank Corporation and has served as the Director of Football Operations at Gilmour Academy.