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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1,279 116
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
875 158
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

3
869 152
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

4
684 170
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
579 161
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
560 189
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

7
474 129
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

8
441 115
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
368 129
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
348 110
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
213 92
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
240 43
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Jaden White added Coach

13
273 116
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
266 87
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
234 82
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
300 91
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
335 105
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

18
298 93
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

19
230 80
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
234 76
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

21
219 70
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

22
343 140
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
202 83
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

24
196 114
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

25
187 64
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

26
258 151
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

27
176 63
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

28
171 67
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

29
152 74
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

30
166 73
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

31
129 44
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

32
130 64
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

33
74 5
Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett Defensive End

34
135 70
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

35
148 73
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

36
94 34
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

37
105 42
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

38
285 224
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

39
115 17
Baker Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Baker Mayfield Quarterback

40
109 47
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

41
137 94
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

42
101 78
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

43
135 63
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

44
125 62
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

45
96 23
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

46
68 32
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

47
69 40
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

48
81 43
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slaft added Punter, Placekicker

49
74 38
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker

50
92 31
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker