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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1,379 125
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
952 173
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

3
957 167
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

4
727 181
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
621 174
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
600 201
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

7
508 138
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

8
477 120
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
403 135
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
378 114
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
237 97
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
269 49
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13
292 125
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
286 96
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
254 90
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
319 105
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

17
326 98
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

18
246 89
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

19
362 113
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

20
243 73
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

21
250 83
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

22
374 144
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
207 128
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

24
280 167
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

25
213 91
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle