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
1,222 110
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
840 148
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

3
821 144
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

4
659 159
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
551 155
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
452 124
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

7
526 181
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

8
412 114
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
346 124
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
324 107
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
196 92
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
219 37
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Jaden White added Coach

13
260 106
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
251 82
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
220 79
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
282 85
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
282 86
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
315 97
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

19
221 75
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
222 73
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

21
204 67
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

22
322 131
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
192 80
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

24
187 108
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

25
177 63
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

26
244 142
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

27
167 62
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

28
160 65
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

29
143 73
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

30
153 71
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

31
123 60
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

32
118 43
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

33
271 199
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

34
125 69
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

35
88 32
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

36
138 72
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

37
96 39
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

38
47 3
Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett Defensive End

39
96 46
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

40
126 83
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

41
94 70
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

42
126 60
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

43
118 59
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

44
64 29
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

45
86 22
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

46
65 38
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

47
74 40
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slaft added Punter, Placekicker

48
88 74
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Quarterback

49
104 96
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Running back

50
66 37
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker