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Richard "Dick" Ambrose is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cleveland Browns, from 1975 to 1983. During his playing days he was nicknamed "Bam-Bam," after the eponymous character from The Flintstones, for his tackling and physicality. After retiring from the NFL, Ambrose became an attorney and has been a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 2004.

A graduate of Iona Prep, Ambrose played college football at the University of Virginia and earned All-ACC (first-team) honors during his junior and senior seasons. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Virginia. In the 1975 NFL draft he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the twelfth round (290th overall).

Ambrose played ten seasons with the Cleveland Browns and was starting middle/right linebacker during the late 1970s to early 1980s before injuries curtailed his career. As a twelfth-round pick, he would have been an undrafted free agent in the present day and was not considered to be a starter. He stepped in as an injury replacement and became starting middle linebacker despite being a rookie. He was part of the 1980 team known as the "Kardiac Kids" which won the division title for the first time since 1971 but lost in the divisional playoffs by a mere two points to the Oakland Raiders. His final season (1984 season) was spent on the injured reserve list, prompting his eventual retirement. The Plain Dealer ranked him number 94 in its special feature of the Browns' top 100 all-time greats 

After his playing days, Ambrose graduated Magna cum Laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1987 and began a legal career. He was appointed to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas by Governor Robert Taft in 2004.

He was teammates with 2020 Mercer County Hall of Fame Posthumous inductee Judson Flint on the Cleveland Browns. 


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