Ozzie Newsome Jr. is a former professional tight end. Newsome played for the University of Alabama, where he started for all 4 years of his college career.
Newsome made the College Football All-America Team in 1977 and assisted the Crimson Tide to a 42 and 6 overall record during his four seasons. In total, Newsome amassed 102 receptions for 2,070 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. His 20.3 average yards per catch was a Southeastern Conference record for over 20 years. Newsome was named the Alabama Player of the Decade for the 1970s. He was a two-time All-SEC player (in 1976 and 1977), and named SEC Lineman of the Year in 1977 by the Birmingham Quarterback Club and the Atlanta Touchdown Club. Newsome was drafted in the first round with the 23rd pick in the 1978 NFL Draft for the Cleveland Browns. He was named the Browns' Offensive Player of the Year his rookie year, the first time in 25 years that a rookie had received that honor. Newsome went to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1984 and 1985.
He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also the former general manager of the Baltimore Ravens (1996–2018) and now serves as a behind the scenes executive with the team (as of 20210.