By: Steve King, Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com
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The Browns – and their fans – could always count on Jerry Sherk.
No matter what else was going on with the team, he always stood out.
The 1975 Browns finished only 3-11 after having been 4-10 the year before. The franchise was going through its first prolonged down period.
This came during the height of Sherk’s career. However, because he was one of the best defensive tackles in team history — and also one of the best in the game at the time — players throughout the NFL still had the utmost respect for him, especially when it came to voting for the Pro Bowl.
In fact, Sherk was the lone Browns representative in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26, 1976, when his AFC squad was edged by the NFC, 23-20. It was the third of what would be four consecutive trips to the game for Sherk. That’s tied for the second-most appearances in the Pro Bowl by a defensive lineman in Browns history.
Also on this date in history, Jan. 25, two other former Browns of note were born in defensive tackle Henry Jordan (in 1935 in Emporia, Va.) and defensive back Judson Flint (in 1957 in Farrell, Pa., just across the Ohio border from Warren).
Jordan was taken in the fifth round of the 1957 NFL Draft out of Virginia and played for Cleveland for two years (1957-58) before going on to have a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Green Bay Packers.
Flint was a seventh-round pick of the New England Patriots in the 1979 NFL Draft but never played for them. He came to the Browns in 1980 and, with the Kardiac Kids facing some injuries in the secondary, stepped in and bailed them out by playing well in a reserve role as they captured their first AFC Central title in nine years.
He also played for the Browns the next two years before finishing his career in 1983 with a brief stint with the Buffalo Bills.
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