Football The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time  

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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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35 12
Chip Banks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

 

William Chip Banks is a former professional American football linebacker.

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24 7
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006

William Lee McGinest, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League.

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25 8
Andra Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Andra Raynard Davis [pronounced André] is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker for ten seasons in the National Football League. He played ...more

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28 12
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time
D'Qwell Jackson

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

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31 15
Joe Schobert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time
Joe Schobert

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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20 6
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

James Edward "Jim" Houston is a former American football linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He was elected to the College ...more

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29 14
Mike Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Michael Connan Johnson is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the Cleveland Browns. Previously, he played in the USFL for ...more

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23 9
Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Eddie J. Johnson was an American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He wore number 51 during his time with the Browns and his ...more

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23 9
Paul Kruger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013

Paul Christian Kruger Jr. is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2009 NFL ...more

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23 9
Dick Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Richard John "Dick" Ambrose 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 ...more

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23 9
Vince Costello is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Vincent Costello is a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants. He later coached with Paul Brown ...more

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16 4
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993

Thomas "Pepper" Johnson is the defensive line coach for the New York Jets and a former American football linebacker. He played in the National Football League for 13 seasons, the first ...more

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16 5
Galen Fiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Galen Fiss is a former American football linebacker who played eleven seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. Fiss was captain on Cleveland’s NFL championship team in ...more

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17 6
Charlie Hall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time
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

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16 6
Demario Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time
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 ...more

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21 11
Jamie Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

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24 14
Nate Orchard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

Nate Orchard is an American football Defensive Lineman for the Utah Utes.

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20 11
Kamerion Wimbley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Kamerion Wimbley is an American football outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2006 NFL ...more

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9 1
Bob Babich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time
Bob Babich

Seasons: 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

Bob Babich is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League, a position he has held since ...more

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12 4
Scott Fujita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010

Scott Anthony Fujita is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played 11 ...more

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12 4
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

Thomas Michael Cousineau is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the Canadian Football League and National Football League for nine seasons during ...more

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13 6
Jabaal Sheard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2014, 2013

Jabaal Lamar Sheard is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and was ...more

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13 6
Craig Robertson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time
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 ...more

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13 6
Walt Michaels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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

Walt Michaels is a former professional football player and coach who is best remembered for his six-year tenure as head coach of the NFL's New York Jets from 1977 to 1982. In 1977, Michaels was ...more

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8 2
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1966, 1955

Charles Henry "Chuck" Noll was a professional American football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...more