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The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Updated March 13, 2019 2.9k votes 343 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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    David Grayson

    Seasons: 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987

    David Lee Grayson, Jr. (born February 27, 1964) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for five seasons for the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers. Grayson...  more
  • 27

    Seasons: 2005, 2004, 2003

    Benjamin Frazier Taylor (born August 31, 1978) is a former professional American football player. Taylor was elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. He now teaches physical...  more
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    Carl Banks

    Seasons: 1995, 1994

    Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the...  more
  • 29

    Seasons: 2010, 2009

    David Walter Bowens (born July 3, 1977) is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of...  more
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    Kevin Bentley

    Seasons: 2004, 2003

    Kevin Kinte Bentley (born December 29, 1979) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round...  more
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    Jamie Collins

    Seasons: 2017, 2016

    Jamie Collins is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played...  more
  • 32

    Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013

    Paul Christian Kruger Jr. (born February 15, 1986) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
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    Demario Davis

    Seasons: 2016

    DeMario Davis is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football...  more
  • 34

    Seasons: 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956

    Galen Fiss (born July 30, 1931, in Johnson City, Kansas – died July 17, 2006, in Overland Park, Kansas) was a National Football League linebacker who played eleven seasons with the Cleveland Browns....  more
  • 35

    Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010

    Scott Anthony Fujita (; born April 28, 1979) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2002...  more
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    Scott Nicolas

    Seasons: 1985, 1983

    Scott Stephen Nicolas (born August 7, 1960) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Nicolas played high school football for the Clearwater Tornadoes in...  more
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    Tony Adamle

    Seasons: 1951, 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947

    Anthony "Tony" Adamle (May 15, 1924 – October 7, 2000) was a professional American football linebacker and fullback in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the National Football League...  more
  • 38

    Seasons: 2010, 2009

    Matt Roth may refer to: Matt Roth (American football) (born 1982), American football player Matt Roth (actor) (born 1964), American actor...  more
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    Chuck Noll

    Seasons: 1966, 1955

    Charles Henry Noll (January 5, 1932 – June 13, 2014) was an American professional football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of...  more

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    John Garlington

    Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973,1969

    John M. Garlington (June 5, 1946 – February 10, 2000) was an American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played professionally for the Cleveland Browns....  more
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    Richard Brown

    Seasons: 1991

    Richard Brown (born September 21, 1965 in Western Samoa) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for nine seasons in the NFL....  more
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    Billy Andrews

    Seasons: 1972,1971, 1970

    William Doughty Andrews Jr. (born June 10, 1945 in Clinton, Louisiana) is a former American football linebacker who played eleven seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the Cleveland...  more
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    Rahim Abdullah

    Seasons: 2000, 1999

    Rahim Fahim Abdullah (born March 22, 1976) is a former American football player from Clemson University. He was a second round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1999, the year of their return to...  more
  • 44

    Seasons: 1962

    Michael Gene Lucci (born December 29, 1939) is a former National Football League player for the Cleveland Browns for 3 seasons from 1962 to 1964 and 9 seasons with the Detroit Lions from 1965 to...  more
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    Van Waiters

    Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

    Van Waiters is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for five seasons for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings. Waiters scored a receiving touchdown against the...  more
  • 46

    Seasons: 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953, 1952

    Walter Edward Michaels (October 16, 1929 – July 10, 2019) was a professional American football player and coach who was best remembered for his six-year tenure as head coach of the NFL's New York...  more
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    Craig Robertson

    Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

    Craig Robertson is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Robertson is a native of...  more
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    Frank Stams

    Seasons: 1994

    Francis Michael Stams (born July 17, 1965) is a former American football defensive lineman who played at the University of Notre Dame. He played on the 1988 National Championship team. He would later...  more
  • 49

    Seasons: 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

    Phillip Dale Lindsey (born January 18, 1943) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of San Diego. Lindsey has also worked as a coach in the...  more
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    Don Goode

    Seasons: 1981, 1980

    Donald Ray Goode (born June 21, 1951 in Houston, Texas), was an NFL linebacker from 1974-1981. He went to Booker T. Washington High School. He played college football at the University of Kansas...  more