Ozzie Newsome is the Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Ravens organization. Newsome has not just followed a successful path, he has blazed the trail. Known throughout all of sports as a premier leader, Newsome is a Hall of Fame player, the architect of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV and Super Bowl XLVII championship teams and an elite personnel evaluator who became the NFL’s first African American general manager in 2002.
Newsome was a standout at Alabama under Bear Bryant from 1974-77. In 1978, Cleveland selected Newsome in the first round (23rd overall) of the NFL Draft. Playing 13 years for the Browns, he authored the most productive career for a tight end in the game’s history. A three-time Pro Bowler, his 662 receptions for 7,980 yards and 47 TDs stood as NFL records by a TE until Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe surpassed those marks in 2001.
Following his storied playing days, Ozzie joined Cleveland’s front office. His initial non-player position came as an assignment scout in 1991. Two years later, he was promoted to a comprehensive role – assistant to the head coach/offense/pro personnel.
In 1994, Newsome was named the Browns’ director of pro personnel.. When the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1996, Mr. Modell invited Newsome and promoted him to vice president of player personnel. From that point, Ozzie’s reputation as a supreme talent assessor grew quickly.
In the team’s first 23 drafts (1996-2018) – all led by Newsome – Baltimore tabbed 24 first-rounders who have earned a total of 64 Pro Bowl honors.
In 2017, Newsome was honored with the Achievement in Professional & Educational Excellence (APEX) Award from the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management Honors Program at Morgan State University. In 2014, Newsome received the Leadership Award for career achievement at the John Mackey Awards banquet. In 2012, was honored with the Maxwell Football Club’s Francis J. “Reds” Bagnell Award for outstanding contribution to the game of football. In 2007, along with Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards and Lovie Smith, Newsome received the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Johnnie Cochran Salute to Excellence Award, which honors African Americans in the NFL who make the biggest impact on the field and in the front office. Newsome has gained induction into eight Halls of Fame: Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH (1999), National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1994), NCAA Hall of Fame (1994), State of Alabama Hall of Fame (1995), National High School Hall of Fame (2014), National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame (2014), Colbert County High School (Leighton, AL) Hometown Hall of Fame (2012) and Little League Baseball Hall of Fame (2008)
Newsome and his wife, Gloria, live in Cockeysville, MD. Their son, Michael Ryan, graduated from Alabama.