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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1,421 127
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
991 173
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

3
982 182
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

4
754 185
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
641 180
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
526 144
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

7
614 212
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

8
494 124
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
410 142
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
391 116
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
243 101
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
280 53
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Jaden White added Coach

13
301 129
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
296 98
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
330 108
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
336 100
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
260 93
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

18
253 90
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

19
373 115
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

20
250 75
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

21
384 146
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

22
253 86
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

23
211 135
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

24
287 172
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

25
219 95
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle