NFL 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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994 83
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

2
690 108
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Otto Graham Quarterback

3
633 113
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Joe Thomas Offensive Lineman

4
528 135
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

5
452 129
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Matthews, Jr. Linebacker

6
373 102
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

7
424 148
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bernie Kosar Quarterback

8
288 105
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Leroy Kelly Running back

9
339 99
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Lou Groza Tackle, Placekicker

10
272 90
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Marion Motley Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
160 79
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
221 81
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Earnest Byner Running back, Fullback

13
217 66
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Kevin Mack Running back

14
151 29
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jaden White added Paul Brown

The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

15
185 67
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Minnifield Cornerback

16
233 66
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Metcalf Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

17
229 71
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Sipe Quarterback

18
193 64
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Webster Slaughter Wide receiver

19
261 84
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Phil Dawson Placekicker

20
172 55
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Greg Pruitt Running back

21
157 88
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Mack Offensive Lineman

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22
268 110
Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Josh Cribbs Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
187 67
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Hanford Dixon Cornerback

24
161 67
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

25
196 112
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Joe Haden Cornerback, Defensive back

26
146 57
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dante Lavelli End, Wide receiver

27
122 64
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bill Willis Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

28
139 55
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bobby Mitchell Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

The Best Cleveland Browns Running Backs of All Time

29
215 142
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Josh Gordon Wide receiver

30
103 53
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

31
127 58
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Collins Punter, Wide receiver

32
94 34
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Mike Pruitt Running back

33
119 63
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Michael Dean Perry Defensive end

34
103 61
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dick Schafrath Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

35
116 63
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Frank Ryan Quarterback

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36
69 26
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Len Ford Defensive end

37
78 53
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added D'Qwell Jackson Linebacker

38
100 63
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added T. J. Ward Defensive back

39
74 35
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slaft added Doug Dieken Tackle, Offensive Lineman

40
74 40
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Jerry Sherk Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

41
108 52
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Reggie Langhorne Wide receiver

42
95 51
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Brennan Wide receiver

The Best Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers of All Time

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68 52
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

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49 23
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Gatski Linebacker, Center

45
52 31
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slaft added Ernie Green Running back, Fullback

46
75 67
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Peyton Hillis Running back

47
61 34
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slaft added Don Cockroft Punter, Placekicker

48
62 16
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Turner Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

49
65 65
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Barnidge Tight end

50
49 35
Thom Darden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Thom Darden Cornerback, Punt returner, Safety