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Salute to Service Award


John Dorsey (General Manager)

Valued lessons from his military upbringing have helped shape John Dorsey's work both on and off the field. "It probably comes from the work ethic my father instilled in me at a very young age," he said. "I like to wake up every morning and see if I can make a contribution." John attended Leonard Hall Junior Military Academy in Leonardtown, Maryland for grades five through eight. In 1980, he prepared for his NFL journey at Fork Union Military Academy, a nationally recognized school in Central Virginia. In 2016, John's accomplishments bestowed his induction in the Fork Union Military Academy Hall of Fame. He was inspired by the school's value of integrity and the belief that "We mean what we say, say what we mean." John has been active in making a difference in the community both as a player and as an executive. Particularly, he is committed to supporting and honoring those who serve and have sacrificed for our country. He led a special project to honor family members of Browns staff who have served or are actively serving in the military. Additionally, each year John and the Browns welcome nearly 175 guests from active military and their immediate families (invited through the USO of Northern Ohio), local veterans and Gold Star families to Training Camp. All guests enjoy practice as well as a special meet and greet with the players, coaches and members of the Browns front office. He has always been incredibly welcoming of military guests, whether it's World War II veterans or active members, who visit the facility, practice and games. John takes the time to get to know members and their families and ensure they are honored as special guests of the Cleveland Browns. Nothing flashy, but hard work, grit, determination, honor and respect. These are principles inspired by service members that have shaped John's leadership to positively impact the organization's culture and what it means to be a Cleveland Brown.