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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1,460 130
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback
2
1,009 189
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback
3
1,024 185
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman
4
781 190
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end
5
662 186
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker
6
638 222
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback
7
541 149
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver
8
509 128
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker
9
424 148
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back
10
407 117
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker
11
252 105
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
12
296 55
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13
310 103
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back
14
312 136
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback
15
273 95
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback
16
350 103
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback
17
344 114
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver
18
266 92
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver
19
386 120
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker
20
264 79
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back
21
266 89
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback
22
392 154
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Return specialist, Wide receiver
23
228 96
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
24
217 146
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman
25
294 181
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back