This Day in Browns History: Feb. 22

Posted by Matt Florjancic on February 24, 2012 – 1:03 am

By: Steve King, Contributor to

Billy Pritchett was a big man from a small school, and he made an even bigger jump to the NFL when the Browns made in a sixth-round draft pick from West Texas State in 1974.

The Browns were optimistic that the 6-foot-3, 230-pound fullback would play right away because they were looking for help in the backfield.

But Pritchett, born Feb. 22, 1951 in Mart, Texas, had his career derailed before it ever really got started, missing all of what would have been his true rookie season of 1974 because of a calcium deposit on his thigh dating back to his college days.

He returned in 1975 and ended up playing just that one season with the Browns, rushing 75 times for 199 yards.

Pritchett spent the next two years with the Atlanta Falcons, having a combined 17 rushing attempts, before retiring.

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