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
1,133 99
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
753 130
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

3
776 141
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

4
602 153
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
514 143
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
424 114
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

7
490 167
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

8
379 108
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
321 119
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
299 101
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
182 88
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
246 94
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

13
186 36
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14
234 75
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
204 72
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
260 78
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
256 78
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
290 87
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

19
207 71
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
300 119
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

21
207 70
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

22
190 61
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

23
179 95
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

24
174 74
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

25
228 127
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

26
162 59
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

27
21 0
Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett Defensive End

28
154 59
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

29
147 61
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

30
133 68
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

31
116 56
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

32
141 67
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

33
108 39
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

34
248 171
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

35
129 67
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

36
114 65
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

37
78 29
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

38
88 37
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

39
115 71
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

40
88 60
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

41
86 43
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

42
117 55
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

43
106 54
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

44
58 26
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

45
83 62
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Quarterback

46
75 19
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

47
13 0
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Cornerback

48
58 34
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

49
92 80
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Running back

50
68 37
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slaft added Punter, Placekicker