The Northern Ohio Honda Dealers will be offering local football fans attending the Cleveland Auto Show a chance to meet Cleveland Browns legends of the past. Dick Ambrose, Al “Bubba” Baker, Doug Dieken, Hanford Dixon and Kevin Mack will be in the Honda booth at the IX Center on March 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. signing autographs for the public.
Additionally, anyone who visits any of the 16 Northern Ohio Honda Dealers in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton areas between now and the start of the Cleveland Auto Show will receive a free, limited edition mini-football while supplies last.
The Northern Ohio Honda Dealers are also holding a contest via Facebook in which one lucky winner will receive four free tickets to the Cleveland Auto Show and an exclusive meet and greet with the Browns legends. In addition to a photo opportunity, the winner will also receive a football signed by the players.
About The Players:
Judge Dick Ambrose played linebacker for the Cleveland Browns from 1975 to 1983. Prior to being drafted in the 12th round of the 1975 National Football League (NFL) Draft, Ambrose was an honorable mention Associated Press (AP) All-American and an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) linebacker during his junior and senior years at the University of Virginia. He was considered the Browns most consistent defensive player during his career, earning the nickname “Bam-Bam” after the Flintstones character because of the way he liked to hit opposing players. In 1977, the Cleveland Touchdown Club named him Defensive Player of the Year. After retiring from the NFL, Ambrose went into private practice as an attorney – earning his law degree during his playing days. In 2004, Ambrose was appointed as a judge in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, where he continues to serve. He was voted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Al “Bubba” Baker played defensive end in the NFL for 13 seasons. He attended Colorado State University and was drafted in the second round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, where he played from 1978 to 1982. He later joined the St. Louis Cardinals from 1983 to 1986. In 1987, he played with the Cleveland Browns and then moved onto the Minnesota Vikings in 1988. He returned to Cleveland for his final two seasons, retiring after the 1990 season. Baker was considered one of the best pass rushers in his day. As a rookie, he set a new record with 23 sacks, earning him AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and United Press International – National Football Conference (UPI –NFC) Rookie of the Year in 1978. Baker played in six Pro Bowls and three Championship games during his career. He currently resides in Avon Lake, Ohio, where he operates a successful barbecue restaurant and catering company with his wife Sabrina.
Doug Dieken played left tackle in the NFL for 14 seasons, all with the Cleveland Browns. After attending the University of Illinois where he played tight end, Dieken was drafted in the 6th round in the 1971 NFL Draft. After successfully transitioning to the left tackle position, Dieken excelled at both run and pass blocking as well as durability. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1980 and set team records with 194 straight starts and 203 consecutive games played. In 2006, Dieken was inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends. Since retiring from the NFL in 1984, Dieken has served as a color commentator on the Cleveland Browns Radio Network. In addition, he and former Browns offensive lineman Robert E. Jackson are partners of Jackson-Dieken and Associates, an insurance agency in Westlake, Ohio. Dieken is also extremely active in the community, adding his name and efforts to a number of worthy Cleveland-area charities through his Doug Dieken Foundation.
Hanford Dixon attended Southern Mississippi University, where he was a standout cornerback, and was drafted in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick. Throughout his nine-year career with the Browns, Dixon was voted to three Pro Bowls between 1986 and 1988 and recorded 26 interceptions, with quarterbacks rarely, if ever, throwing his way. He is credited with creating the “Dawg Pound” at Cleveland Browns Stadium, thanks to his barking before games to fire up both his teammates and the fans in the old Municipal Stadium. Dixon currently remains a visible presence on the football front in Cleveland as an analyst for WOIO-TV 19 (CBS) and the high school football game of the week on Fox Sports Ohio. He also manages the Right Path Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports underserved youth through quality training in the arts of their choice.
Kevin Mack played running back in the NFL for nine seasons and two seasons in the U.S Football League (USFL). He attended Clemson University, where he was a member of their 1982 National Championship team. After college, he joined the Los Angeles Express of the now defunct USFL. The Browns acquired Mack in the first round of the 1984 Supplemental Draft after a trade with the Chicago Bears. Mack was voted the UPI-American Football Conference (UPI-AFC) Rookie of the Year in 1985. He rushed for 5,123 yards in 1,291 attempts with 46 touchdowns in his career. He also recorded 197 receptions for 1,602 yards and 8 touchdowns in that time. Mack was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1985 and 1987. In 2007, he was inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends. He currently works in the Browns Alumni Relations department, after spending three years as Assistant Director of Player Development.
About the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers:
The Northern Ohio Honda Dealers consists of Honda dealerships throughout Northeastern Ohio, including the Cleveland, Akron and Canton areas. For more information or to find your nearest Northern Ohio Honda Dealer, please visit http://www.NorthernOhioHondaDealers.com.
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