Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ozzie "The Wizard of Oz" Newsome

Ozzie "The Wizard of Oz" Newsome


  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • School: Alabama
  • High School: Leighton, AL (Colbert County HS)
  • Years: 1974-1977
  • Inducted: 1994
  • Place of Birth: Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Date of Birth: Mar 16, 1956
  • Jersey Number: 82
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 210

Member Biography

Ozzie Newsome was a 4-year starter at end for Alabama 1974-77, a two-time All-Conference selection 1976-1977, and All-America 1977. He stood 6-4, weighed 210, and was Alabama co-captain in 1977. In four years he caught 102 passes for 2,070 yards. The average gain per pass, 20.3, was a conference record. Against Notre Dame in 1976 he caught seven passes, scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and graded 90 on blocking. Alabama's record each year with Newsome was 11-1, 11-1, 9-3, 11-1 with three Southeastern Conference championships. The Atlanta Touchdown Club and the Birmingham Quarterback Club named Newsome Lineman of the Year in the conference in 1977. His coach, Bear Bryant, called him "the greatest end in Alabama history and that includes Don Hutson. A total team player, fine blocker, outstanding leader, great receiver with concentration, speed, hands." After college Newsome played for the Cleveland Browns at tight end 1978-90.
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