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The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Updated March 13, 2019 2.9k votes 342 voters 7.6k views67 items

Big fan of Cleveland football? Then check out this list of Cleveland Browns linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Cleveland Browns history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Cleveland defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Browns LBs include D'Qwell Jackson, Dick Ambrose, Andra Davis, and Kamerion Wimbley. 

Who are the best linebackers in Cleveland Browns history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Cleveland Browns starting linebacker.

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  • 1

    Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

     

    William "Chip" Banks (born September 18, 1959) is a former All-Pro professional American football linebacker....  more
  • 2

    Seasons: 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

    James Edward Houston (November 3, 1937 – September 11, 2018) was an American football linebacker who played 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He was elected to the...  more
  • 3

    Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

    Richard John Ambrose (born January 17, 1953) is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cleveland Browns, from 1975 to 1983....  more
  • 4

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

    Kamerion Wimbley ( kə-MEER-ee-ən; born October 13, 1983) is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland...  more
  • 5

    Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987

    Michael Connan Johnson (born November 26, 1962) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the Cleveland Browns. Previously, he...  more
  • 6
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    D'Qwell Jackson

    Seasons:  2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • 7

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

    Nate Orchard is an American football Defensive Lineman for the Utah Utes....  more
  • 8
    74
    40

    Joe Schobert

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • 9
    43
    13

    Chaun Thompson

    Seasons: 2006, 2005, 2004

    Chaun Thompson (born May 22, 1980 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas) is a former American football linebacker. He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He...  more
  • 10
    Christian Kirksey is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played...  more
  • 11

    Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013

    Barkevious "KeKe" Levon Mingo is an American football outside linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was considered one of the top defensive end/linebacker draft...  more
  • 12

    Seasons: 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

    Eddie J. Johnson (February 3, 1959 – January 21, 2003) was an American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He wore number 51 during...  more
  • 13

    Seasons: 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

    Vincent Costello (April 8, 1932 – June 22, 2019) was an American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns (1956–66) and New York Giants...  more
  • 14
    52
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    Willie McGinest

    Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006

    William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England...  more
  • 15
    35
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    Bob Babich

    Seasons: 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

    Bob Babich (born February 20, 1961) is an American football coach and former player, who is currently the linebackers coach for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Babich was the...  more
  • 16

    Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

    Thomas Michael Cousineau (born May 6, 1957) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League...  more
  • 17
    43
    25

    Cam Johnson

    Seasons: 2016

    Cameron Isaac "Cam" Johnson is an American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He played college football at Virginia. He was selected by the San Francisco...  more
  • 18
    46
    30

    Charlie Hall

    Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972

    Charles Leslie Hall is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
  • 19
    31
    13

    Wali Rainer

    Seasons: 2001, 2000, 1999

    Wali Rainer (born April 19, 1977) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played...  more
  • 20

    Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993

    Thomas "Pepper" Johnson (born July 29, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and a former NFL coach. He is the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Los Angeles XFL team of the...  more
  • 21

    Seasons: 2014, 2013

    Jabaal Lamar Sheard (born May 10, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of...  more
  • 22

    Seasons: 1968

    Robert Matheson (November 25, 1944 – September 5, 1994) was a linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League. He played in three Super Bowls for the Miami Dolphins, including...  more
  • 23
    31
    15

    Kaluka Maiava

    Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

    Kaluka Maiava (born December 27, 1986) is a former American football linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the...  more
  • 24
    23
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    Gerald Irons

    Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976

    Gerald Irons (born May 2, 1947 in Gary, Indiana) is a former American professional football player who played ten seasons in the National Football League. His youngest son Grant Irons played for the...  more
  • 25

    Seasons:  2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

    Andra Raynard Davis [pronounced André] (born December 23, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for...  more