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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956 81
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

2
670 99
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Otto Graham Quarterback

3
610 110
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Joe Thomas Offensive Lineman

4
513 130
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

5
442 122
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Matthews, Jr. Linebacker

6
355 98
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

7
411 143
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bernie Kosar Quarterback

8
326 95
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Lou Groza Tackle, Placekicker

9
275 103
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Leroy Kelly Running back

10
263 87
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Marion Motley Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
153 77
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
213 79
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Earnest Byner Running back, Fullback

13
210 64
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Kevin Mack Running back

14
140 28
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jaden White added Paul Brown

The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

15
226 65
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Metcalf Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
178 66
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Minnifield Cornerback

17
186 62
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Webster Slaughter Wide receiver

18
222 70
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Sipe Quarterback

19
249 82
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Phil Dawson Placekicker

20
258 105
Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Josh Cribbs Return specialist, Wide receiver

21
150 84
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Mack Offensive Lineman

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165 54
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Greg Pruitt Running back

23
156 66
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

24
180 65
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Hanford Dixon Cornerback

25
188 105
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Joe Haden Cornerback, Defensive back

26
141 56
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dante Lavelli End, Wide receiver

27
117 63
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bill Willis Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

28
134 55
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bobby Mitchell Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

The Best Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks of All Time

29
98 50
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

30
200 136
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Josh Gordon Wide receiver

31
119 57
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Collins Punter, Wide receiver

32
88 34
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Mike Pruitt Running back

33
112 61
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Michael Dean Perry Defensive end

34
97 60
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Dick Schafrath Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

35
65 25
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Len Ford Defensive end

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75 49
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added D'Qwell Jackson Linebacker

37
110 62
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Frank Ryan Quarterback

38
94 59
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

39
68 34
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slaft added Doug Dieken Tackle, Offensive Lineman

40
104 49
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Reggie Langhorne Wide receiver

41
69 38
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Jerry Sherk Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

42
67 47
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

The Best Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers of All Time

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94 48
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Brennan Wide receiver

44
50 28
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slaft added Ernie Green Running back, Fullback

45
46 21
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Frank Gatski Linebacker, Center

46
64 57
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Barnidge Tight end

47
70 60
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Peyton Hillis Running back

48
59 14
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Turner Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

49
55 33
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slaft added Don Cockroft Punter, Placekicker

50
51 40
Kellen Winslow II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Kellen Winslow II Tight end