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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1,282 116
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
870 152
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

3
876 159
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

4
686 171
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
581 161
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
562 191
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

7
475 130
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

8
442 115
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
371 130
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
350 110
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
214 93
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
242 43
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Jaden White added Coach

13
275 117
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
267 89
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
236 82
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
302 92
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
336 105
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

18
299 95
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

19
232 80
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
236 76
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

21
221 70
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

22
344 141
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Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
203 83
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

24
196 115
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

25
188 65
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

26
259 154
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

27
177 63
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

28
153 74
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

29
171 68
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

30
166 74
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

31
131 45
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

32
131 65
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

33
76 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
136 71
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

35
149 74
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

36
96 34
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

37
118 17
Baker Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Baker Mayfield Quarterback

38
105 43
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

39
286 226
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

40
109 48
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
138 94
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

42
137 63
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

43
101 79
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

44
126 62
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

45
97 24
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

46
69 32
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

47
71 40
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

48
75 38
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker

49
81 44
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slaft added Punter, Placekicker

50
59 8
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Cornerback