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Former Browns C Tom DeLeone passes away at the age of 65

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Center Tom DeLeone (not pictured) blocked for QB Brian Sipe a good portion of his career.
Center Tom DeLeone (not pictured) blocked for QB Brian Sipe a good portion of his career.
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Former Cleveland Browns center Tom DeLeone passed away on Sunday at the age of 65. DeLeone was a member of the Browns for 11 seasons from 1974-1984, appearing in 176 games with 104 starts.

DeLeone originally entered the NFL as a long snapper with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he found his home with the Browns, feeding snaps to quarterback Brian Sipe as the duo pretty much spent their entire careers together.

DeLeone was inducted into the team's Legends Club in 2011. According to Browns.com, he "battled brain cancer throughout his final years, a diagnosis he was dealt in 2011." Various members of the 1980 team visited him recently, per the team site, so they must have known it was only a matter of time before he moved on. To read more about DeLeone's life and what former teammate Doug Dieken had to say about him, click here.

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