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
1,180 109
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
813 145
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

3
792 137
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

4
639 155
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
446 119
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

6
535 152
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

7
510 177
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

8
401 112
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
340 122
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
317 105
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
194 91
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
212 37
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Jaden White added Coach

13
255 105
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
245 81
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
215 77
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
274 85
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
307 92
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

18
270 86
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

19
216 74
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
219 72
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

21
199 65
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

22
315 129
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
186 79
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

24
183 105
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

25
175 61
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

26
240 138
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

27
164 61
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

28
156 64
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

29
141 70
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

30
150 70
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

31
121 59
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

32
114 42
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

33
124 68
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

34
262 190
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

35
136 70
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

36
85 31
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

37
95 39
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

38
95 45
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

39
122 79
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

40
93 66
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

41
124 58
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

42
114 58
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

43
64 28
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

44
83 22
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

45
74 38
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slaft added Punter, Placekicker

46
63 37
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

47
37 3
Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett Defensive End

48
86 70
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Quarterback

49
65 36
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker

50
98 91
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Running back