This Day in Browns History: Feb. 20

Posted by Matt Florjancic on February 20, 2012 – 7:52 pm

By: Steve King, Contributor to

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Fullback Tommy Vardell, who was born Feb. 20, 1969 in El Cajon, Cal., played for the Browns from 1992-95 before the franchise moved to Baltimore.

Nicknamed “Touchdown Tommy,” the Browns selected the former Stanford star ninth overall in the 1992 draft.

He split his last four NFL seasons evenly between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco, retiring after playing with the 49ers in 1999.

Vardell’s best season overall was in Cleveland in 1993 when he rushed for 644 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 151 yards and a score.

He also had 28 receptions in 1996 with the 49ers.

Then-Stanford coach Denny Green nicknamed Vardell “Touchdown Tommy” after he ran for four touchdowns — all from the one-yard line – against Notre Dame in 1990.

Overall in his Cardinal career, Vardell rushed for 37 touchdowns.

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