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Super Bowl 2016: A Look at Browns Connections in the Super Bowl, and Cleveland's Roster Makeup

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Every year, the Cleveland Browns typically have at least one former player represented in the Super Bowl. Outlined below are players, coaches, or front office personnel who were formerly members of the Browns on either the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers. The parenthesis represent the time span they were with Cleveland.

At the end of the post, we will post a quick year-by-year look at the Browns' roster make up following the end of the season.

Former Browns on the Denver Broncos

  • WR Jordan Norwood (2009, 2010-2012) - The Browns signed Tyms in 2009 and had him return in 2010, where he always flashed in training camp as a threatening slot receiver and punt returner, but didn't have the regular season productivity fans hoped for.

    In his best season with the Browns (2011), Norwood started 4 games and caught 23 passes for 268 yards and 1 touchdown. From 2013-2014, he didn't register any regular season stats, with 2014 being because he suffered a torn ACL before the start of the regular season. Norwood was the Broncos' slot receiver this year, but only caught 22 passes for 207 yards on the season. This postseason, he has 3 catches for 26 yards and 3 punt returns for 21 yards. He will see action in the Super Bowl.

  • SS T.J. Ward (2010-2013) - You can chalk letting Ward walk in free agency as another misstep by former general manager Ray Farmer. Ward had a career year in 2013 and has continued to be a big force in Denver over the past two years. He brings a physical presence to the Broncos' secondary and is also an asset in run support.

  • Director of Pro Personnel, Tom Heckert (2010-2012) -  Heckert was viewed as one of the team's better general managers since 1999, but was shown the door once former Browns CEO Joe Banner entered the mix in 2013. He had some personal issues that offseason, but has maintained his role in Denver for the past three seasons now.

Former Browns on the Carolina Panthers

  • QB Derek Anderson (2005-2009) - Anderson is neck-and-neck with Tim Couch for being the Browns' best quarterback since 1999. His top season was in 2007, when he finished the season with 29 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions, and is the only Browns quarterback in the modern era to be named to a Pro Bowl. Anderson's fall from grace was a quick one, though, due to his inaccuracy. In 2010, he signed with the Cardinals. Since 2011, he has had the luxury of being a backup to Cam Newton and seems to be loving his role with the team.

  • RB Fozzy Whittaker (2013) - Whittaker had 28 carries for 79 yards and 21 catches for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns during his brief time with the Browns in 2013. He's found a home in Carolina as the backup running back to Jonathan Stewart, where he had 25 carries for 108 yards and 1 touchdown this year to go along with 12 catches for 64 yards. This postseason, Whittaker has 2 carries for -2 yards.

  • Quarterbacks Coach, Ken Dorsey (2006-2008) - For those who listened to Browns preseason games, Bernie Kosar always had a pulse on the fact that Dorsey would be a great coach. After serving as a pro scout for the Panthers from 2011-2012, he's been their quarterbacks coach since 2013. Instead of being teammates with Derek Anderson, he's coaching him now!

Browns' Year-by-Year Roster Breakdown

Roster Makeup

Source: Cleveland Browns