American Football Database
Dick Ambrose
Date of birth: (1953-01-17) January 17, 1953 (age 68)
Place of birth: New Rochelle, New York
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 12 / Pick 290
 As player:
1975-1983 Cleveland Browns
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Dick Ambrose (born January 17, 1953 in New Rochelle, New York) is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns, from 1975 to 1983. During his playing days he was nicknamed "Bam-Bam," after the character of that name on The Flintstones.

Ambrose has been a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 2004.[1] He was the presiding judge in the trial of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland serial killer who was found guilty on 82 charges. On August 12, 2011 Ambrose sentenced Sowell to death.[2]

Education and legal career

Dick Ambrose (nicknamed "Duck" in High School, at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York) commonly overpowered the offensive players while playing linebacker.

Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Virginia. He began his legal studies while still playing football for the Cleveland Browns, graduating magna cum laude in 1987 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After graduating from Cleveland-Marshall, he joined the firm of McDonald Hopkins. He has also been associated with the firms of Chriszt McGarry Co. and Nicola Gudbranson and Cooper.

Although a native New Yorker, he has been a Clevelander for over 30 years.


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