Currently the General Manager and Executive Vice President for the Baltimore Ravens, Newsome has gained induction into four halls of fame - NFL Hall of Fame (1999), National Football Foundation’s College Hall of Fame (1994), the NCAA Hall of Fame (1994) and the State of Alabama (1995).
The Walter Camp “Man of the Year” award honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game. He must have attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service for the benefit of his community, country and his fellow man. He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp.
A native of Leighton, AL, Newsome was voted Alabama’s Player of the Decade for the 1970s after making 102 receptions for 2,070 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide and legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. In Newsome’s collegiate career from 1974-77, Alabama went 42-6 and captured three Southeastern Conference titles. Newsome was a member of the 1977 Walter Camp All-America squad.
A first-round draft pick of the Browns in 1978, Newsome played 13 seasons and totaled 662 receptions (2nd most by a tight end) for 7,890 yards and 47 touchdowns. Newsome had a 150-game consecutive reception streak – the second-longest in NFL history. Newsome was named to three Pro Bowls (1981, 1984 and 1985) and to the NFL All-Pro Team twice (1979 and 1984).
Upon his retirement, Newsome remained in the Browns organization and served as a special assignment scout and as an assistant to the head coach before being named as the team’s director of pro personnel in 1994. When the franchise was moved to Baltimore, Newsome was elevated to vice-president of player personnel before being upgraded to vice-president of football operations. In 2000, Newsome was named NFL Executive of the Year. In 2002, he was promoted to his current position.
A member of the NFL’s Competition Committee, he was one of the first persons named by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to serve on the NFL’s Diversity Committee that was established in 2002. Widely know for his willingness to help those in need, Newsome was the winner of the 1990 Bryon “Whizzer” White Award as the NFL’s top community volunteer. Newsome, his wife Gloria, and their son, Michael Ryan, reside in Cockeysville, MD.
Newsome joins a distinguished list of former “Man of the Year” winners, including Calvin Hill (Yale), Roger Staubach (Navy), Gale Sayers (Kansas) and last year’s recipient Jim Kelly (Miami).
Newsome as well as all of the major award winners and members of the 2003 Walter Camp All-America team, will be honored at the organization’s 37th annual national awards banquet on Saturday, February 14 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. In addition, the Foundation will hold its annual Fan Fest on Friday, February 13 at Yale’s Lanman Center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner ($250.00) and Fan Fest ($7.00) tickets can be purchased by calling (203) 288-CAMP or toll-free (866) 444-CAMP.