Robert Eugene “Gene” Hickerson (February 15, 1935 - October 20, 2008) (G) began his career as a fullback in high school, moved to offensive tackle in college and eventually became a Hall of Fame offensive guard with the Cleveland Browns. Gene played at the University of Mississippi and was one of the greatest offensive linemen in SEC history. The Cleveland Browns took Gene in the seventh round of the 1957 NFL Draft, assigning him to pave the way for star Hall of Fame fullbacks Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelly. His speed and strength made him a vital piece of the Cleveland offense as he opened holes as the backs rolled over the opposition. Hickerson played 15 seasons for the Browns (1958-1973), was named to three NFL All-Pro First Team selections and appeared in six NFL Pro Bowls. During his time in Cleveland the Browns never experienced a losing season, and with Hickerson leading the charge, the offense had a 1,000-yard rusher in all but one season (that season was restricted to 14 games). Gene Hickerson suffered numerous injuries throughout his career that slowed him slightly, but he still managed to recover seven fumbles for two yards in 202 career games. Gene Hickerson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.