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The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time 

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This is a list of the best Cleveland Browns of all time. When people think of the Cleveland Browns and its greatest players, they'll usually think back to the team's glory days of the 1950s and early 1960s. The Browns had some of the best players in football history on their teams. The early days of the Browns franchise featured a stout defense, but people who recall the Browns early years remember its offense. Marion Motley, Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli and quarterback Otto Graham were a high flying bunch who greatly influenced what became the modern NFL offensive game. These players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and are some of the best Browns in team history.

Jim Brown is considered by many to be not only the best Browns player, but one of the greatest football players ever. His mix of strength and power made him one of the most feared and best running backs of all time. Despite retiring from football at the peak of his powers, Brown is beloved by the Cleveland faithful and his standing as one of the top Browns ever is safe.

The 1980s were ultimately very disappointing for Browns fans, but it wasn't because of a lack of talent. These Browns teams had some of the best players in team history. Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack proved to be a formidable 1-2 combination at running back, even if Byner is remembered for "The Fumble." More recently, left tackle Joe Thomas is one of the best linemen in the entire NFL and is a solid anchor on their offensive line.

This list of the best Cleveland Browns of all time includes players from the team's AAFC days through the end of the first Browns era in 1995 to the present day. If you see anyone who should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list based on who you think is the greatest Cleveland Browns player in history. 
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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Georgia, USA, St. Simons
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Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman from Brookfield, Wisconsin
3
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback from Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America
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Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, United States of America
5
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker from Palo Alto, California
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Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver from Warren, Ohio
7
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback from Youngstown, Ohio
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Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle and Placekicker from Martins Ferry, Ohio
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Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Leesburg, Georgia
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Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Leroy Kelly Running back from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback from San Diego, California
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Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Seattle, Washington
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Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back from Kings Mountain, North Carolina
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Return specialist and Wide receiver from Washington, D.C.
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Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett
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Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback from Lexington, Kentucky
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Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back from Houston, Texas
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Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Webster Slaughter Wide receiver from Stockton, California
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Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Milledgeville, Georgia
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Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback from Mobile, Alabama
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Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Guard from Trenton, Tennessee
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Jarvis Landry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Jarvis Landry