Date sent: 3/13/09
Date returned: 4/2/09
Ozzie Newsome was one of the greatest tight ends of all time. He amassed 662 receptions, 7,980 yards and 47 touchdowns in thirteen years with the Cleveland Browns. The receptions and yards still stand as all-time records for the Browns. Newsome also caught a pass in 150 consecutive games, the second longest streak in the NFL when he retired.
Newsome became the first African-American general manager in the NFL when he filled that role for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002. He has done an outstanding job of rebuilding the Ravens through the draft and free agency. The Ravens have a team right now that should be successful for years to come and much of that credit goes to Newsome.
Newsome is known as an exremely fast and reliable TTM signer. I've sent two requests to him and both have come back in under three weeks. He has a great signature and has included a HOF '99 inscription on both requests without me asking.
The first card I sent to him was a 1987 Topps. The second card I sent was, of course, his 1979 Topps rookie card. I've mentioned in many previous posts that I like to get rookie cards signed and this request was no exception.