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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1,142 101
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
782 143
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

3
758 132
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

4
609 153
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
516 147
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
428 115
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

7
493 170
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

8
383 109
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
324 120
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
303 102
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
184 90
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
247 98
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

13
192 37
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Jaden White added Coach

14
235 77
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
205 73
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
263 80
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
259 79
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
294 87
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

19
208 72
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
302 121
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

21
208 71
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

22
24 2
Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett Defensive End

23
180 97
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

24
191 62
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

25
176 75
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

26
231 128
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

27
163 60
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

28
156 60
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

29
147 63
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

30
133 69
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

31
116 57
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

32
142 68
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

33
251 174
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

34
109 40
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

35
129 68
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

36
115 66
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

37
78 30
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

38
89 38
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

39
89 60
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

40
116 72
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

41
86 44
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

42
16 1
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Cornerback

43
117 56
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

44
106 55
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

45
84 63
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Quarterback

46
59 27
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

47
14 0
Jarvis Landry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Wide Reciever

48
75 20
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

49
58 35
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

50
93 82
Peyton Hillis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Clay Glenny added Running back