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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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753 60
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

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2
541 63
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Otto Graham Quarterback

3
436 80
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Joe Thomas Offensive Lineman

4
403 97
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

5
354 85
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Matthews, Jr. Linebacker

6
330 107
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bernie Kosar Quarterback

7
282 73
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

8
257 71
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Lou Groza Tackle, Placekicker

9
234 81
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Leroy Kelly Running back

10
221 72
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Marion Motley Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
129 57
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
169 63
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Earnest Byner Running back, Fullback

13
169 48
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Kevin Mack Running back

14
153 53
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Minnifield Cornerback

15
157 52
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Webster Slaughter Wide receiver

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16
183 56
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
91 19
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jaden White added Paul Brown

18
184 59
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Sipe Quarterback

19
152 51
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Hanford Dixon Cornerback

20
128 51
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

21
137 43
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Greg Pruitt Running back

22
113 61
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Mack Offensive Lineman

23
145 76
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Joe Haden Cornerback, Defensive back

24
198 70
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Phil Dawson Placekicker

25
206 94
Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Josh Cribbs Return specialist, Wide receiver

26
121 45
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dante Lavelli End, Wide receiver

27
101 51
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
112 49
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bobby Mitchell Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

29
79 42
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

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100 48
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Collins Punter, Wide receiver

31
98 52
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Michael Dean Perry Defensive end

32
68 27
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Mike Pruitt Running back

33
60 36
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added D'Qwell Jackson Linebacker

34
53 19
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Len Ford Defensive end

35
84 51
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dick Schafrath Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

36
148 117
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Josh Gordon Wide receiver

37
91 54
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Frank Ryan Quarterback

38
73 47
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
56 27
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slaft added Doug Dieken Tackle, Offensive Lineman

40
89 43
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Reggie Langhorne Wide receiver

41
55 38
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Peyton Hillis Running back

42
55 31
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Jerry Sherk Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

43
83 41
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Brennan Wide receiver

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38 16
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Gatski Linebacker, Center

45
51 44
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Barnidge Tight end

46
50 38
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

47
39 23
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slaft added Ernie Green Running back, Fullback

48
48 27
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slaft added Don Cockroft Punter, Placekicker

49
47 12
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Turner Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

50
38 23
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Jim Houston Defensive end, Linebacker