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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1,100 98
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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760 133
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Otto Graham Quarterback

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720 127
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Joe Thomas Offensive Lineman

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590 146
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

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418 112
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

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498 142
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Matthews, Jr. Linebacker

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470 164
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bernie Kosar Quarterback

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370 106
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Lou Groza Tackle, Placekicker

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316 118
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Leroy Kelly Running back

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292 100
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Marion Motley Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

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179 86
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

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239 93
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Earnest Byner Running back, Fullback

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179 35
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Jaden White added Paul Brown Coach

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229 75
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Kevin Mack Running back

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199 72
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Minnifield Cornerback

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250 78
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Sipe Quarterback

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246 78
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Metcalf Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

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282 87
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Phil Dawson Placekicker

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204 71
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Webster Slaughter Wide receiver

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188 61
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Greg Pruitt Running back

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203 70
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Hanford Dixon Cornerback

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174 95
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Mack Offensive Lineman

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292 118
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Josh Cribbs Return specialist, Wide receiver

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171 74
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

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223 127
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Joe Haden Cornerback, Defensive back

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159 59
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dante Lavelli End, Wide receiver

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151 59
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bobby Mitchell Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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145 61
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Collins Punter, Wide receiver

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131 68
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bill Willis Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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115 56
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

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244 161
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Josh Gordon Wide receiver

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136 67
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Michael Dean Perry Defensive end

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106 39
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Mike Pruitt Running back

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113 65
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dick Schafrath Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

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126 67
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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76 29
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Len Ford Defensive end

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86 37
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Doug Dieken Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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112 70
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

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85 59
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added D'Qwell Jackson Linebacker

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83 43
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

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113 55
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Reggie Langhorne Wide receiver

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102 54
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Brennan Wide receiver

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57 26
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Gatski Linebacker, Center

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79 61
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

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57 34
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Ernie Green Running back, Fullback

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67 37
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slaft added Don Cockroft Punter, Placekicker

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85 78
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Peyton Hillis Running back

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70 19
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Turner Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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73 72
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Barnidge Tight end

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59 34
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Jim Houston Defensive end, Linebacker