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

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

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679 121
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Joe Thomas Offensive Lineman

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562 143
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

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

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476 138
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Matthews, Jr. Linebacker

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453 160
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bernie Kosar Quarterback

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Jaden White added Paul Brown

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

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

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242 71
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Metcalf Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

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Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Brian Sipe Quarterback

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Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Webster Slaughter Wide receiver

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

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181 58
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Greg Pruitt Running back

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167 94
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Alex Mack Offensive Lineman

The Best Cleveland Browns Linebackers of All Time

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Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Hanford Dixon Cornerback

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Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Josh Cribbs Return specialist, Wide receiver

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

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

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

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

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Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Bill Willis Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Josh Gordon Wide receiver

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Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Collins Punter, Wide receiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added D'Qwell Jackson Linebacker

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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

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slaft added Doug Dieken Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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

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

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

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

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slaft added Don Cockroft Punter, Placekicker

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

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slaft added Ernie Green Running back, Fullback

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Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Gary Barnidge Tight end

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Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Peyton Hillis Running back

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Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Eric Turner Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Thom Darden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Thom Darden Cornerback, Punt returner, Safety