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Cleveland Browns
Year founded: 1946
Helmet
City Cleveland, Ohio
Team colors Seal Brown, Burnt Orange, and White
Head Coach Romeo Crennel
Owner Randy Lerner
General manager Phil Savage
League/Conference affiliations

All-America Football Conference (1946–1949) Browns can refer to: Cleveland Browns: an American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Browns: Also, a Negro League baseball team Saint Louis Browns: a baseball team now known as the Baltimore Orioles Browns (Chester): a department store in Chester, England The Browns: a country music group of the... Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007 Cleveland Browns season will begin with the Browns attempting to improve upon their 4–12 record from the 2006 season, in which the team finished in fourth place in the AFC North. ... // August 22 — European Championships Marathon, Oslo, Norway Mens Winner: Mikko Hietanen (FIN) 2:24:55 January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... Image File history File links Cleveland Browns helmet, citing fair use. ... Group of men drilling in football helmets A football helmet is a protective device used primarily in American football and Canadian football which was created by Paul Brown. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cleveland,_Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947 in Lynchburg, Virginia) has been the head coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League since February 8, 2005. ... Randolph D. Lerner (born 1962) is an American entrepreneur and sports team owner. ... Phil Savage (born April 7, 1965 in Mobile, Alabama) was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Browns in January 2005. ... The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. ...

  • Western Division (1946–1948)

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Team history
  • Cleveland Browns (1946–1995)
  • Suspended operations (1996–1998)
  • Cleveland Browns (1999–present)
Championships
League Championships (8)
Conference Championships (11)
  • NFL American: 1950, 1951, 1952
  • NFL Eastern: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969
Division Championships (13)
  • AAFC Western: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
  • NFL Century: 1967, 1968, 1969
  • AFC Central: 1971, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
Home fields

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They play in the AFC North division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Browns began play in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and joined the NFL in 1950 after the AAFC folded. The team won all four AAFC titles and had one undefeated season (1948 - 15-0), as well as four NFL Championships. The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... The AFC Central was a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference from 1970 to 2001. ... The AFC North refers to the Northern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... Throughout its history, the National Football League and other leagues have used several different formats to determine their league champion, including a period of interleague match-ups determining a true world champion. ... The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... Cleveland Stadium under construction in 1931 Cleveland Stadium (also known as Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and The Mistake By The Lake) was a baseball and American football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Entrance ramp of the stadium Cleveland Browns Stadium is a football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio ( ). It is the home of the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The AFC North refers to the Northern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... NFL redirects here. ... The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. ...

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History

For more details on this topic, see History of the Cleveland Browns.

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1946–1949: The AAFC years

The Cleveland Browns were founded in 1945 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference, under businessman Arthur B "Mickey" McBride. Not long after gaining the franchise, McBride named Ohio State Buckeyes coach Paul Brown as vice president, general manager and head coach. The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. ... Arthur B. Mickey McBride (20 March 1888-10 November 1972) was the founder of the Cleveland Browns professional football team. ... The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference in most sports. ... Paul Eugene Brown (September 7, 1908 - August 5, 1991) was an athletics coach of American football and a major figure in the development of the National Football League. ...


A fan contest was conducted to determine the name of the team, with the most popular choice being "Panthers." However, Brown objected to the name after finding out it had been used by a semipro team in the city—one that had a reputation as a chronic loser. This prompted a second contest to choose a name befitting a champion.[1] The Browns say this contest yielded the nickname "Brown Bombers"—after reigning heavyweight champion Joe Louis—and was shortened to "Browns" for the convenience of headline writers. However, to this day, rumors persist that the team was named after Paul Brown himself. For other uses, see Joe Louis (disambiguation). ...

Cleveland Browns Stadium on the shores of Lake Erie.

Brown parlayed his ties to the Buckeyes and the Navy (where he'd coached a base football team during World War II) into the most extensive recruitment network that had ever been seen at the time in pro football. He used it to assemble a team that, in terms of talent, would have been more than a match for any NFL team—including quarterback Otto Graham, kicker/offensive tackle Lou Groza, wide receiver Mac Speedie, fullback Marion Motley and nose guard Bill Willis. Interestingly for a team that claims to have been named for an African-American boxer, Motley and Willis were the first African-Americans to play in a pro football game in 13 years. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 212 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took the picture myself. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 212 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took the picture myself. ... USN redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Otto Everett Graham Jr. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Louis Roy Groza (January 25, 1924 - November 29, 2000) was an American football placekicker who played his entire career for the Cleveland Browns. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... On October 5th, 1964. ... In American football, a fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield. ... Marion Motley (born June 5, 1920, in Leesburg, Georgia, died June 27, 1999) was a former American Football fullback who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Nose Guard is a position in american football. ... William Karnet Willis (born October 5, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio) was one of the dominant American football players of the 1940s and 1950s, and is an inductee in the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


The Browns dominated the AAFC, winning all four of its championships including the 1948 season in which they became the first unbeaten and untied team in professional football history- 24 years before the NFL's only perfect team, the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Cleveland's undefeated streak (including 2 ties) reached 29 games, and included 18 straight wins and the 1947 and 1948 AAFC championship games. During the AAFC's four-year run, the Browns lost only four games. The Browns issued occasional challenges to NFL teams, only to be turned down almost out of hand each time. City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present...


Thanks in large part to McBride's promotional efforts, the Cleveland area showed terrific support for the Browns from the moment they were created. The team saw a record setting average attendance of 57,000 a game in its first season.[2] The Browns unexpectedly had Cleveland to themselves; the NFL's Cleveland Rams, who had continually lost money while in Cleveland despite winning the 1945 NFL championship, moved to the booming area of Los Angeles after the 1945 season (the team is now located in St. Louis). City St. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The 1945 NFL season was the 26th regular season of the National Football League. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ...


1950–56

The AAFC dissolved after the 1949 season, due largely to the Browns' near-absolute domination of the league. Jim Crowley, the AAFC's first commissioner, later said that if the AAFC had held a draft rather than simply encourage its teams to sign as many top players as possible, the league may well have survived. When the NFL agreed to take in three of the AAFC's teams for the 1950 season, it was a foregone conclusion that the Browns would be included. James H. Jim Crowley, American Football player and coach born on September 10, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois, who gained fame as one-fourth of the University of Notre Dames legendary Four Horsemen backfield [1]. // College playing career Raised in Wisconsin, Crowley played high school football at East Green Bay... The 1950 NFL season was the 31st regular season of the National Football League. ...


The Browns' first NFL game was against the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. The overwhelming consensus at the time was that the Eagles would blow the Browns off the field; there were still many who thought the Browns were merely the dominant team in a minor league. However, the Browns were determined to prove they belonged. They shredded the Eagles' vaunted defense for 487 yards of total offense en route to a 35-10 blowout. City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol...


Behind a potent offense that included future Hall of Famers Graham, Motley and Dante Lavelli, the Browns picked up right where they left off in the AAFC. After going 10-2 in the regular season, the Browns defeated the New York Giants 8-3 in a playoff game and then beat Cleveland's previous NFL tenants, the Rams (who were now in Los Angeles), 30-28, in the NFL Championship game. Since the NFL does not recognize the AAFC's records, this technically makes the Browns the most successful expansion team in league history. However, the 1950 Browns were not an expansion team in any sense of the term. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Dante Bert Joseph Lavelli (born Feb. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ...


During the next season, the Browns went 11-1, facing the Rams in a rematch of the previous year's title game. A 73-yard touchdown pass by Norm van Brocklin to Tom Fears in the fourth quarter put Los Angeles in the lead for good. The 24-17 loss was the Browns' first in a championship game. Norman Mack Norm Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), also known as The Dutchman, was an American football player and coach. ... Thomas Jesse Fears (December 3, 1923 - January 4, 2000) was an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League, playing nine seasons from 1948 to 1956. ...


Cleveland also advanced to the 1952 NFL championship game, finishing 8-4 to face the Detroit Lions. A muffed punt, several defensive stands, and a 67-yard touchdown run by Doak Walker combined to help the Lions win 17-7, frustrating the Browns for the second consecutive year. On the upside, Ray Renfro became a star with 722 yards receiving and 322 yards rushing. City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. ... Raymond Renfro (born November 7, 1930 in Whitesboro, Texas) is a former American professional football player. ...


The Browns then started the 1953 season winning 11 straight games, but finished with a loss to the Eagles in the final week, and then lost the 1953 Championship game in a rematch with the Lions. The game was, however, closer than the year before. With the score tied at 10 going into the final quarter, Lou Groza kicked two field goals to put Cleveland up 16-10. But Detroit's Bobby Layne threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jim Doran with under two minutes left and the Lions won 17-16. Louis Roy Groza (January 25, 1924 - November 29, 2000) was an American football placekicker who played his entire career for the Cleveland Browns. ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ... Jim Doran (born August 11, 1927 in Boone, Iowa) is a former American football Wide Receiver for the Detroit Lions (1951-1959) and the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1961). ...


In 1954, the Browns finished 9-3 and met up with Detroit in the championship for a third consecutive year. This time, however, the Browns were relentless on both sides of the ball, intercepting Bobby Layne six times and forcing three fumbles. Otto Graham threw three touchdowns and ran for three more, en route to a 56-10 thrashing and the Browns' second NFL crown.


The Browns kept rolling along in 1955. Chuck Noll had a productive season at linebacker with five interceptions, Graham passed for 15 touchdowns and ran for six more, and the team, who finished 9-2-1, won their third NFL Championship game in six seasons 38-14, against the Los Angeles Rams. In 10 years of existence, the Browns reached the title game every year (four in the AAFC, six in the NFL) and won seven of them. Charles Henry Chuck Noll (born January 5, 1932) is a former American football coach, having served as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. ...


Graham retired before the 1956 season due to injuries, and the Browns floundered without him behind center. Three quarterbacks (George Ratterman, Babe Parilli, and Tommy O'Connell) were used, none of them throwing more touchdowns than interceptions. The team's 5-7 record was the team's first losing season ever. George William Ratterman (born November 12, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was an American Football player in the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League. ... Vito Babe Parilli (born 1930) of the University of Kentucky was an All-American starting quarterback for the Wildcats under Coach Paul Bear Bryant. ... Tommy OConnell (born September 26, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois) was a former American professional football player who played in five NFL and AFL seasons from 1953-1961 for 3 different teams. ...


1957–70

The Browns responded in 1957 when they drafted fullback Jim Brown out of Syracuse University, who easily became the NFL's leading rusher (and NFL Rookie of the Year) with 942 yards in a 12-game regular season. Once again at the top of the division at 9-2-1, they advanced back to the championship game against Detroit. But the Lions dominated from start to finish, causing six turnovers and allowing the Browns' two quarterbacks (Tommy O'Connell and Milt Plum) only 95 yards passing in a 59-14 rout. Jahwon is smart cute likes football and is good For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... Crouse College, a 19th-century Romanesque building which houses the universitys visual arts and music programs Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States the geographic center of the state, about 250 miles northwest of New York City. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... Milton Ross Plum (b. ...


In 1958 Jim Brown ran for 1527 yards, almost twice as much as any other running back. In his nine seasons in the league, he crossed the 1000-yard barrier seven times. The only snag in their getting back to another championship was the New York Giants. They lost to New York on the last week of the season after a spirited fourth-quarter comeback, then, due to their equal 9-3 records, faced the Giants again in a tiebreaker game with the winner going to the finals. However, the Giants limited Jim Brown to eight yards and the team committed four turnovers as they were shut out 10-0.


In 1959 the Browns started 6-2 but finished 7-5, out of championship contention, despite Brown once again leading the league in rushing with 1329 yards. In 1960, Plum threw for 21 touchdowns and Brown's 1257 yards was still best in the NFL, but the team still finished second at 8-3-1.


Art Modell purchased the team from David Jones (who had bought the team from McBride in 1953) in 1961. The beginnings of a power struggle between Paul Brown and Art Modell took its toll. Journalist D.L. Stewart recounted in Jeff Miller's book on the AFL, Going Long, "As you well can imagine, Jimmy Brown and Paul were not thick. The buzz was that Jimmy had Modell working for him, and Paul took exception to that."[3] The season otherwise was typical: a fifth consecutive league-leading season from Jim Brown and a half-decent performance in the standings, but again, at 8-5-1, they were two games out of a berth in the championship. Arthur B. Modell (born June 23, 1925, Brooklyn, New York) is a former National Football League team owner of the Cleveland Browns from 1961-1995 and the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-2004. ...


After a 7-6-1 record in 1962, Modell fired Brown and replaced him with longtime assistant Blanton Collier. Many of the Browns' younger players—such as Jim Brown and Frank Ryan had chafed under Brown's autocratic coaching style. Collier rode his team with a considerably looser rein. He also installed a much more open offense and allowed Ryan to call his own plays. In his first season, the Browns went 10-4 and finished a game out of the conference title. Blanton Long Collier (born July 2, 1906, Millersburg, Kentucky; died March 22, 1983, Houston, Texas) was an American football coach who led the University of Kentucky (1954-1961) and Cleveland Browns (1963-1970). ... Frank Beall Ryan, Ph. ...


In 1964, the Browns went 10-3-1 and reached their first title game in 10 years, led by Jim Brown's record 1,863 yards rushing. The Browns throttled the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win their most recent NFL championship.[4] The Browns would go to three more NFL title games in Collier's eight-year tenure—including 1968 and 1969, after Jim Brown retired. After the 1970 season, Collier retired due to increasing deafness; that same year the Browns finished 7-7 and was replaced by offensive coordinator Nick Skorich. The Collier era is still fondly remembered by Browns fans as a golden age rivaling that of Paul Brown's great teams. City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001... The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... An offensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at others levels of American football) who is in charge of the offense. ... Nicholas Leonard Skorich (born June 26, 1921 in Bellaire, Ohio; died October 2, 2004) was an American football player and coach. ...


1974–84

Skorich led the Browns to a division title in 1971 and a wild-card berth in 1972. In the latter year, the Browns nearly defeated the Dolphins in the second round—the closest the Dolphins would come to losing a game that season. They barely missed the playoffs in 1973. The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ...


However, the Browns' era of success came to a crashing halt as the team dropped to 4-10 in 1974. Neither Mike Phipps nor rookie QB Brian Sipe was effective; they threw 24 combined interceptions to only 10 touchdowns. The Browns allowed 344 points, most in the league. It was only the second losing season in franchise history, and it cost Skorich his job. Michael Elston Phipps (born January 19, 1947) was an football quarterback who played collegiately for the Purdue University Boilermakers (1967-1969), and professionally for both the Cleveland Browns (1970-1976) and Chicago Bears (1977-1981). ... Brian Winfield Sipe (born 1949) is a former professional American Football quarterback who played in the NFL between 1974-83 and the USFL in 1984-85. ...


Assistant coach Forrest Gregg took over in 1975, but the Browns stumbled out of the gate with an 0-9 start that finally came to an end on November 23 in a 35-23 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Three weeks later, third-year running back Greg Pruitt paced the team with 214 yards rushing in a rout over the Kansas City Chiefs, helping the team finish the season 3-11. Alvis Forrest Gregg (born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas) is a former American Football player and coach. ... The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Gregory Donald Pruitt (born August 18, 1951 in Houston, Texas) was a National Football League running back from 1973 through 1984. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League...


Cleveland showed marked improvement with a 9-5 mark in 1976 as Brian Sipe firmly took control at quarterback. Sipe had been inserted into the lineup after a Phipps injury in the season-opening win against the New York Jets on September 12. After a 1-3 start brought visions of another disastrous year, the Browns jolted the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers with an 18-16 victory on October 10. Third-string quarterback Dave Mays helped lead the team to that victory, while defensive end Joe "Turkey" Jones's pile-driving sack of quarterback Terry Bradshaw fueled the heated rivalry between the two teams. That win was the first of eight in the next nine weeks, helping put the Browns in contention for the AFC playoffs. A loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season finale cost them a share of the division title, but running back Greg Pruitt continued his outstanding play by rushing for exactly 1,000 yards, his second-straight four-digit season. The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Source Magazine The Source is a monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture. ... Joe Turkey Jones was an American football defensive end who played eleven seasons, in the National Football League, primarly for the Cleveland Browns. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ... As with all sports leagues, there are a number of significant rivalries in the National Football League (NFL). ...


The Browns continued to roll in the first half of the 1977 NFL season, but an injury to Brian Sipe by Pittsburgh's Jack Lambert on November 13 proved to be disastrous. Cleveland won only one of their last five games to finish at 6-8, a collapse that led to Forrest Gregg's dismissal before the final game of the season. Dick Modzelewski served as interim coach in the team's 20-19 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... Steelers redirects here. ... John Harold Jack Lambert (July 8, 1952, Mantua, Ohio, United States) is a former NFL linebacker in American football. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Dick Modzelewski (born February 16, 1931) is a former football player and coach who played professionally for four teams and later served as interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the final game of the 1977 NFL season. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976...


On December 27, 1977, Sam Rutigliano was named head coach, and he aided a healthy Sipe in throwing 21 touchdowns and garnering 2,900 yards during the 1978 NFL season. Greg Pruitt and Mike Pruitt led a rushing attack that gained almost 2,500 yards, but problems with the team's dismal pass defense resulted in the Browns finishing 8-8 on the year. December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Sam Rutigliano (b. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... Mike Pruitt (born April 3, 1954) is a former American Football running back who played eleven seasons from 1976 to 1986 with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League. ...


The 1979 campaign started with four consecutive wins, three of which were in the final minute or overtime. Four more games were won by less than a touchdown. This penchant for playing close games would later earn them the nickname "Kardiac Kids". Sipe threw 28 touchdown passes, tying him with Steve Grogan of New England for most in the league, but his 26 interceptions were the worst in the league. Mike Pruitt had a Pro Bowl season with his 1294 rushing yards, while the defense was still shaky, ranking near the bottom in rushing defense. The team finished 9-7, behind division rivals Houston and Pittsburgh in a tough AFC Central. The 1979 NFL season was the 60th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Kardiac Kids refers to the 1980 Cleveland Browns who had a penchant for having games decided in the final moments. ... Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West...


The 1980 season is still fondly remembered by Browns fans. After going 3-3 in the first six games, the Browns won three straight games with fourth-quarter comebacks, and stopped a late comeback by the Baltimore Colts to win a fourth. The Browns won two more games in that fashion by the end of the season, and even lost a game to the Minnesota Vikings on the last play when a Hail Mary pass was tipped into the waiting hands of Ahmad Rashad. Sipe passed for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions(enough for him to be named the NFL MVP), behind an offensive line that sent three members to the Pro Bowl: Doug Dieken, Tom DeLeone and Joe DeLamielleure. The "Kardiac Kids" name stuck. A fourth-quarter field goal by Don Cockroft in the final game against the Cincinnati Bengals helped the Browns capture the division with an 11-5 mark, with the Oakland Raiders their opponent in the team's first playoff game in eight years. However, a heartbreaking end of this dramatic season came in the closing seconds when Sipe called what became known as "Red Right 88" and passed toward the end zone, only to watch Oakland's Mike Davis intercept the ball. The Raiders went on to win the Super Bowl, and "Red Right 88" has numbered among the list of Cleveland sports curses ever since. The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary play in American football is a forward pass made in desperation, with only a very small chance of success. ... Ahmad Rashad Ahmad Rashad (born Bobby Moore November 19, 1949 in Portland, Oregon, raised in Tacoma, Washington) is an Emmy award-winning sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver for the St. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press,[1] to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Douglas Dieken (born February 12, 1949 in Streator, Illinois) is a former American football tackle who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Thomas Denning DeLeone (born August 13, 1950 in Ravenna, Ohio) is a former American football center who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Joseph Michael DeLamielleure (born March 16, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American football offensive lineman who was an All-American at Michigan State. ... Donald Lee Cockroft (born February 6, 1945 in Cheyenne, Wyoming) is a former American football punter and placekicker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Red Right 88 was the designation of a Cleveland Browns passing play that was most prominently called during the January 4, 1981 American Football Conference playoff game against the Oakland Raiders. ... Michael Davis is a retired american football safety. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... A sports-related curse is the effective action of some power or evil, that is used to explain the failures or misfortunes of specific sports teams, players, or even cities. ...


If 1980 was a dream season, then 1981 was a nightmare. Sipe threw only 17 touchdowns while being picked off 25 times. The Browns went 5-11, and few of their games were particularly close. Tight end Ozzie Newsome, their only Pro Bowler, had 1,004 yards receiving for six touchdowns. The 1981 NFL season was the 62th regular season of the National Football League. ... Ozzie Newsome Jr. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


In 1982 Sipe split quarterbacking duties with Paul McDonald, and both put up similar numbers. The Browns had little success rushing or defending against it, finishing in the bottom five teams in both yardage categories. Despite going 4-5, Cleveland was able to make the playoffs due to an expanded playoff system in the strike-shortened year. They were matched up with the Raiders in the playoffs, but were easily defeated 27-10. The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... Paul McDonald (born February 23, 1958 in Montebello, California) is a retired quarterback. ...


Sipe and the Browns got some of their spark back in 1983. Sipe had 26 touchdown passes and 3566 yards, while Mike Pruitt ran for 10 scores on 1,184 yards. Cleveland even won two games in overtime and another in the fourth quarter. A fourth-quarter loss to the Houston Oilers in their second-to-last game dashed their playoff hopes. At 9-7 the Browns finished one game behind the Steelers, and lost out on a wild-card spot due to a tiebreaker. The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ...


1984 was a rebuilding year. Brian Sipe defected to the upstart USFL after the 1983 season, and Paul McDonald was named the starting quarterback. Mike Pruitt missed much of the season and later ended up with the Buffalo Bills. Coach Sam Rutigliano lost his job after a 1-7 start as Marty Schottenheimer took over. The Browns coasted to a 5–11 record. The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985, in the process presenting the rival National Football League with its greatest competitor since the 1960s version of the American Football League. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Martin Edward Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. ...


1985–90

In 1985, the Browns selected University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar in the Supplemental Draft. As a rookie, Kosar learned through trial by fire as he took over for Gary Danielson midway through the 1985 season. Progressing a bit more each Sunday, the young quarterback helped turn the struggling season around, as the Browns won four of the six games Kosar started. Two young rushers, Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack, played a large part in the team's success as well; each ran for 1000+ yards. The Browns' 8-8 record gave the team the top spot in a weak AFC Central, and they looked poised to shock the heavily favored Miami Dolphins in the 1986 Divisional Playoff game with a 21-3 lead at halftime. It took Dan Marino's spirited second-half comeback to win the game for Miami 24-21. While the Browns faithful may have felt the initial sting of disappointment, there was tremendous upside in the loss: Schottenheimer's team, with Kosar at quarterback, reached the playoffs each of the next five seasons, advancing to the AFC Championship game in three of those years. The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... Bernard Joseph Kosar, Jr. ... Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football quarterback. ... Earnest Alexander Byner (born September 15, 1962 in Milledgeville, Georgia) is a former American football running back. ... James Kevin Mack (born August 9, 1962 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina) is a former National Football League and United States Football League running back. ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ...


The Browns broke into the ranks of the NFL's elite—particularly on defense—with a 12-4 showing in 1986. Behind Kosar's 3,854 yards passing and a defense with five Pro Bowlers (Chip Banks, Hanford Dixon, Bob Golic, Clay Matthews and Frank Minnifield), the Browns dominated the AFC Central with the best record in the AFC, and one of the NFL's stingiest defenses. With these on their side, the Browns clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the 1987 Divisional Playoff game, the Browns needed some serious heroics (and a bit of luck) to overcome the New York Jets. The Jets were leading 20-10 with less than four minutes to play, with the Browns in a dire 3rd and 24 situation. As fate would have it, Mark Gastineau was called for roughing the passer, which gave Cleveland a first down. The drive ended with Kevin Mack running into the end zone for a touchdown. After going three-and-out the Jets went back on defense, but allowed the rejuvenated Browns to again drive the ball deep into their end of the field. With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, Mark Moseley kicked a field goal to tie the game. In the first of two ensuing overtime periods, Moseley missed his next attempt, but later redeemed himself by ending what had become the second longest game in NFL history. Final score Browns 23, Jets 20. The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... The pioneering hardcore hip hop group Wu-Tang Clans plan to conquer the hip hop industry consisted not only of making each member into a solo star in their own right, but also to create and promote numerous affiliate artists. ... Hanford Dixon (born December 25, 1958 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football cornerback who played his entire career (1981-1989) for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. Dixon made the Pro Bowl three times, in 1986, 1987 and 1988. ... Robert Perry Bob Golic (born October 26, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the New England Patriots (1979-1981), Cleveland Browns (1982-1988) and Los Angeles Raiders (1989-1992) in the NFL. He was drafted by the Patriots out of Notre Dame in... William Clay Matthews, Jr. ... Frank Minnifield (born January 1, 1960, Lexington, Kentucky) is a former American football player who played defensive back for the Cleveland Browns from 1984-92. ... Marcus Dell Gastineau (born November 20, 1956) is a former American football player who was a leading defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. ... Three and out is an American Football term used to describe a game situation where the team with the ball is unable to get a first down on their possesion and is forced to punt after they run 3 plays. ... Mark DeWayne Moseley (born 1948 in Lanesville, Texas), is a former professional American football placekicker who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1970), the Houston Oilers (1971-1972), the Washington Redskins (1974-1986), and the Cleveland Browns (1986). ...


The 1986 AFC Championship game saw the Denver Broncos arrive in the windswept, hostile confines of Cleveland Municipal Stadium. No one knew at the time, but the Broncos would become Cleveland's arch-nemesis of the Kosar era. As it had been the previous week, the showdown proved again to be it was an overtime heart-stopper. But this time, it was John Elway and the Broncos who came away the victors. Pinned in on their own two yard line with 5:11 left to play and the wind in his face, Elway led his now infamous (or, for the Broncos fans, 'legendary') 98-yard drive, which is now known by NFL historians as simply "The Drive"). With 37 seconds on the clock, Elway's 5-yard touchdown pass to Mark Jackson tied the game at 20 apiece. The 79,973 Browns fans in attendance were silenced when Rich Karlis' field goal attempt just made it inside the right-side upright to win the game for Denver early into overtime. City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... The Drive refers to the January 11, 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. ... Mark Anthony Jackson (born July 23, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. ... Richard John Karlis (born May 23, 1959, in Salem, Ohio) is a former American Football placekicker who played nine seasons for the Denver Broncos, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1982 to 1990. ...


The Browns success was replicated in 1987, with 22 touchdown passes and 3000 yards for Kosar, and eight Pro Bowlers: Kosar, Mack, Dixon, Golic, Minnifield, linebacker Clay Matthews, wide receiver Gerald McNeil and offensive lineman Cody Risien. At 10-5, the Browns won the AFC Central again. Cleveland easily defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38-21 in the divisional playoff and travelled to Denver for a rematch with the Broncos in the AFC Championship. With the score 21-3 in favor of the Broncos at halftime, Kosar led a third-quarter comeback with two touchdowns by Earnest Byner and another by Reggie Langhorne. Early in the fourth quarter, Webster Slaughter's 4-yard touchdown catch tied it at 31-31. The Broncos regained the lead with a 20-yard Sammy Winder touchdown with under five minutes to go, setting the stage for another Browns comeback...or so they thought. Kosar drove the Browns to the Broncos' 8 yard line with 1:12 to go, and handed off to Byner. When it looked like he had an open route to the end zone, he was stripped of the ball by Jeremiah Castille. The Broncos recovered what became known as "The Fumble". After taking a safety, the Broncos shocked the Browns again, 38-33. The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article relates to sports. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Gerald McNeil (born March 27, 1962) is a former professional American football player. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with American football. ... Cody Lewis Risien (born March 22, 1957 in Bryan, Texas) is a former American football tackle who played eleven seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001... Reginald Reggie Devan Langhorne (born April 7, 1963 in Suffolk, Virginia), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft. ... Webster M. Slaughter was born on October 19th, 1964 in Stockton, CA where he attended Franklin High School. ... Sammy Winder (born July 15, 1959 in Madison, Mississippi) is a former professional American football running back who spent his entire professional career playing for the Denver Broncos, from 1982 to 1990. ... Jeremiah Castille (born January 15, 1961 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American professional football player. ... The Fumble refers to a specific incident in the January 17, 1988 AFC Championship Game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. ...


Injuries to Kosar and two of his backups sidelined them for much of the 1988 season, but the Browns still finished 10-6. A final-week comeback victory in a snowstorm at Cleveland Stadium over the Houston Oilers clinched them a wild-card playoff spot, and a home game rematch against the Oilers in the first round. After Mike Pagel, in for Kosar, threw a touchdown pass to Webster Slaughter late in the fourth quarter to pull the Browns within a point at 24-23, the Browns had three chances to recover an onside kick (due to penalties), but the Oilers recovered and stopped the Cleveland comeback. The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ... Cleveland Stadium under construction in 1931 Cleveland Stadium (also known as Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and The Mistake By The Lake) was a baseball and American football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Michael Jonathan Pagel (born September 13, 1960 in Douglas, Arizona), was a former American professional football player who was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the 4th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. ... Onside kick (sometimes onsides kick) is a term used in American and Canadian football for a type of kickoff in which the ball is kicked a shorter distance than usual in order for the kicking team to regain possession of the ball. ...


Schottenheimer left the Browns by mutual agreement with Modell shortly after the loss to the Oilers. Modell was tired of losing in the playoffs, and Schottenheimer was tired of what he perceived as Modell's interference with his coaching personnel and game strategy. Schottenheimer was quickly hired by the Kansas City Chiefs for the 1989 season. Bud Carson was his replacement in Cleveland, but his tenure was short - only one and a half years. The 1989 season, headlined by Slaughter's Pro Bowl-worthy 1236 yards receiving, was a success at 7-3 until a 10-10 tie with Schottenheimer's Chiefs in November led to a 3-game losing streak. Two comeback wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Oilers in the season's final two weeks kept them in the playoff race. The tie ended up being the Browns' saving grace, with their 9-6-1 record winning them the AFC Central title and first-round bye over the Oilers and Pittsburgh Steelers at 9-7. The Browns narrowly survived a scare from the Buffalo Bills in their divisional playoff game, when Scott Norwood missed an extra point that would have pulled Buffalo within 3 points and, later, when Jim Kelly's desperation pass to the end zone on the final play of the game was intercepted. The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. ... Leon H. Bud Carson (born April 28, 1931 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania; died December 7, 2005 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American football coach best-known for his role on the Pittsburgh Steelers championship teams of the 1970s. ... Scott Allan Norwood (born July 17, 1960 in Alexandria, Virginia) is a former National Football League kicker who played predominately for the NFLs Buffalo Bills. ... For other persons named Jim Kelly, see Jim Kelly (disambiguation). ... Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ...


Cleveland's 34-30 win set them up for a rematch with the Broncos in Denver for the AFC Championship. While their two previous matchups went down to the wire, this one was never in doubt. The Broncos led from start to finish, and a long Elway touchdown pass to Sammy Winder put the game away in the fourth quarter. Denver easily won 37-21.


In 1990 things began to unravel. Kosar threw more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (10) for the first time in his career; and the team finished last in the league in rushing offense, and near the bottom in rushing defense. Carson was fired after a 2-7 start, and the team finished 3-13, second-worst in the league. After the season Bill Belichick, defensive coordinator of the then-Super Bowl champion New York Giants, was named head coach. The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


1991–95

The Browns saw only a slight improvement under Belichick in the 1991, finishing 6-10. Kosar was markedly better, with a ratio of 18 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, and Leroy Hoard had a breakout season. The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. ... Leroy Hoard (born May 15, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is a retired NFL running back who played for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings. ...


In 1992, with Kosar sitting out much of the season and Mike Tomczak in under center, Cleveland was in the thick of the AFC Central race before dropping their final three games to finish 7-9. The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ... Mike Tomczak (born October 23, 1962 in Calumet City, Illinois) is a former American football player. ...


The 1993 season saw Belichick make the controversial decision of cutting Kosar while back-up Vinny Testaverde, who had been signed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was injured. The Browns were in first place at the time and the Browns faltered as Todd Philcox became the starter. Kosar was signed by the Dallas Cowboys and a few days later led the Cowboys to win in place of an injured Troy Aikman. Kosar would win a ring that season as the Cowboys won the Super Bowl with a healthy Aikman. Cleveland won only two of its final nine games finishing 7-9 once again. The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Black, Pewter, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977...


Cleveland managed to right the ship in 1994, although the quarterback situation hadn't quite improved, a solid defense led the league for fewest yards allowed per attempt, sending four players (Rob Burnett, Pepper Johnson, Michael Dean Perry, and Eric Turner) to the Pro Bowl. The Browns finished 11-5, making the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. In the AFC Wild Card game against the New England Patriots, the Browns' defense picked off Drew Bledsoe three times, with Testaverde completing two-thirds of his passes, to win 20-13. Arch-rival Pittsburgh ended the Browns' season the following week, however, with a 29-9 blowout in the AFC Divisional game. NFL 75th season anniversary logo The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. ... Robert Burnett was a defensive end in the NFL. Category: ... Pepper Johnson (born 1964) is a former American Football linebacker who played thirteen seasons with the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, and the New York Jets from 1986 to 1998 in the National Football League. ... Michael Dean Perry (born August 27, 1965 in Aiken, South Carolina) is a former american football defensive lineman and the younger brother of William Perry. ... Eric Turner was a hard hitting, former first round draft choice, at defensive back for the Browns. ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ...

Modell announced on November 6, 1995, that he had signed a deal to relocate the Browns to Baltimore in 1996—a move which would return the NFL to Baltimore for the first time since the Colts relocated to Indianapolis after the 1983 season. The very next day, on November 7, 1995, Cleveland voters overwhelmingly approved an issue that had been placed on the ballot at Modell's request, before he made his decision to move the franchise, which provided $175 million in tax dollars to refurbish the outmoded and declining Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Modell's plan was later scrapped and taxpayers ultimately paid close to $300 million to demolish the old stadium and construct a new stadium for the Browns on the site of Municipal Stadium. Image File history File links Modell_move. ... Image File history File links Modell_move. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Cleveland Stadium (also known as Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and The Mistake on the Lake) was a baseball and American football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


Not surprisingly, Browns fans reacted angrily to the news. Over 100 lawsuits were filed by fans, the city of Cleveland, and a host of others. Congress held hearings on the matter. Actor/comedian Drew Carey returned to his hometown of Cleveland on November 26, 1995, to host "Fan Jam" in protest of the proposed move. A protest was held in Pittsburgh during the Browns' game there but ABC, the network broadcasting the game, declined to cover or mention the protest. It was one of the few instances that Steelers fans and Browns fans were supporting each other, as fans in Pittsburgh felt that Modell was robbing their team of their rivalry with the Browns[citation needed]. Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedian, actor, and game show host. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Virtually all of the team's sponsors immediately pulled their support, leaving Municipal Stadium devoid of advertising during the team's final weeks. Surprisingly, many fans in Baltimore sympathized with the anger in Cleveland. They felt that if Modell stuck with his original plan to bring the Browns name to Baltimore, he'd be stealing Cleveland's football history in the same manner that they felt Colts owner Robert Irsay stole Baltimore's football history when he moved the Colts.[citation needed] Robert Irsay. ...


The 1995 season was a disaster on the field as well. After starting 3-1, the Browns lost 3 straight before the news broke about the team's impending move cut the legs out from under the team. They finished 5-11, including a 2-7 record in the nine games after the announcement. When fans in the Dawg Pound became unruly during their final home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, action moving towards that end zone had to be moved to the opposite end of the field. The Browns won, the only game the team won after the news of their move got out. The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... Cleveland Browns Dawg logo The Dawg Pound is the name of the bleacher section behind the east end zone in Cleveland Browns Stadium, the home field of the Cleveland Browns. ...


After extensive talks between the NFL, the Browns and officials of the two cities, Cleveland accepted a legal settlement that would keep the Browns legacy in Cleveland. In February 1996, the NFL announced that the Browns would be 'deactivated' for three years, and that a new stadium would be built for a new team that would begin play in 1999. Modell would in turn be granted a new franchise for Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens, retaining the current contracts of players and personnel. There would be a new team, but the Browns' name, colors, history, records, awards and archives would remain in Cleveland. Entrance ramp of the stadium Cleveland Browns Stadium is a football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio ( ). It is the home of the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore...


Cleveland NFL Football LLC (Cleveland Browns Trust) was formed by the NFL. President of the Trust was Bill Futterer, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was the Trustee. The Trust represented the NFL in the stadium design and construction, managed the sale of suites and club seats, and sold Permanent Seat Licenses and season tickets. Additionally, the Trust reorganized the Browns Backers fan clubs across the United States, resumed coaches shows on television and radio throughout the state of Ohio, and conducted a dramatic one-year countdown celebration that incorporated the first live Internet broadcast in NFL history. The Trust operated its campaign under a Countdown to '99 theme, utilizing Hall of Famers such as Lou Groza and Jim Brown extensively, and sold nearly 53,000 season tickets—a team record in 1998. It remains the only time in professional sports history that a league operated a team "in absentia" in order to preserve the history of the franchise and to build value in that franchise for the future owner. The team sold in 1998 for a North American record $530 million for a professional franchise, more than double any previous selling price for a pro sports team. Commissioner Tagliabue announced that the Browns would be an expansion team, rather than a relocated team, at the owners meeting in March 1998.[clarify]


1999–present

The Browns on the field in 2004 against the Washington Redskins.
The Browns on the field in 2004 against the Washington Redskins.

Cleveland returned to the NFL in 1999 with high hopes and expectations, featuring deep-pocketed ownership in Al Lerner. The team's football operations appeared to be in solid hands in the form of president and CEO Carmen Policy and general manager Dwight Clark, both of whom had come from the San Francisco 49ers. Chris Palmer, former offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was hired as head coach. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1889 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Cleveland Browns Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1889 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Cleveland Browns Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... Alfred Al Lerner (May 8, 1933—October 23, 2002) was an American billionaire. ... Carmen Policy is an American football executive who is best known for his front office work for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1980s and 1990s. ... Dwight Edward Clark, b. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Chris Palmer is a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and former offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002...


It was to be expected that the resurrected Browns would struggle at first, as for all practical purposes they were an expansion team. However, the Browns' first two seasons were awful even by expansion standards. 1999 saw the Browns start 0-7 en route to a 2-14 finish, the worst in franchise history. 2000 was little better, with a 3-13 finish—the lone highlight being the Browns' first home win in five years, against the Steelers on September 17. Compounding the fans' frustration was the Baltimore Ravens' win in Super Bowl XXXV that season. Though the Ravens were considered a "new franchise", the team still had players such as Matt Stover and Rob Burnett who had played for the Browns before the Modell move. Palmer was fired after the season and replaced by University of Miami coach Butch Davis. The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Date January 28, 2001 Stadium Raymond James Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ray Lewis, Linebacker Favorite Ravens by 3 National anthem Backstreet Boys Coin toss Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Tom Flores, Bill Parcells Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and *NSYNC Attendance 71,921... Matt Stover (born January 27, 1968 in Dallas, Texas, USA) is a kicker for the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League (NFL). ... Robert Burnett was a defensive end in the NFL. Category: ... This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... Paul Hilton Butch Davis, Jr. ...


Under Davis the Browns became more competitive almost immediately, finishing with a respectable 7-9 record, just one game out of the playoffs. With the team apparently close to being a contender again, Clark was forced to resign after the season, and Davis was named general manager as well as coach. The next year, the Browns finished 9-7 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1994. Facing the Steelers in the first round, they were ahead 33-21 with five minutes to go, only to give up 15 unanswered points and lose 36-33. The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ...


The Browns could not sustain the momentum, finishing with double-digit losses two seasons in a row. Davis resigned in December 2004 with the team shouldering a 3-8 record; Policy had resigned earlier in the year. Offensive Coordinator Terry Robiskie, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the 2004 season. Terry Robiskie (born November 12, 1954 in New Orleans, LA) is the current wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns. ...


Just prior to the Browns' final game of the 2005 NFL season, the team's front office became embroiled in a major controversy that threatened to once again send the team into rebuilding mode. A reporter for ESPN went public with a story that team president John Collins was going to fire general manager Phil Savage. The resulting uproar from fans and local media was so strong that it was Collins who resigned on January 3, 2006. The role of team "President and CEO" was vacated, with owner Randy Lerner filling in as de facto CEO for the time being. The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... John Collins, (born November 27, 1961), was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Browns football team until his resignation on January 3, 2006. ... Phil Savage (born April 7, 1965 in Mobile, Alabama) was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Browns in January 2005. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2007

On April 28, 2007, the Browns used their first-round pick (3rd overall) on Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas. The Browns then picked Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn in the first round (22nd overall) of 2007 NFL Draft after acquiring it through a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Quinn signed a contract with the Browns for $22 million on August 7, 2007 but the Browns named Charlie Frye as the starting quarterback five days before the opening game of the season,[5] with Quinn and Derek Anderson to serve as backups. Frye, who was sacked 5 times during the game, was replaced by Anderson during the Browns 34-7 opening week loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth round draft pick two days later. This left the starting job to Derek Anderson[6] in week two against the Cincinnati Bengals. Anderson went on to lead the Browns to a 51-45 win, throwing five touchdown passes, which tied the franchise record. The 2007 Cleveland Browns season will begin with the Browns attempting to improve upon their 4–12 record from the 2006 season, in which the team finished in fourth place in the AFC North. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... University of Wisconsin redirects here. ... Joe Thomas (born on December 4, 1984 in Brookfield, Wisconsin) is an offensive tackle taken by the Cleveland Browns on April 28, 2007 during the NFL Draft. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ... Brayden Tyler Brady Quinn (born October 27, 1984, Columbus, Ohio) to Robin and Ty Quinn. ... The 2007 National Football League Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 28 and April 29, 2007. ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Charlie Lester Frye (born August 28, 1981 in Norwalk, Ohio) is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. ... Derek Matthew Anderson (born June 15, 1983 in Portland, Oregon) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... The 2007 Cleveland Browns season will begin with the Browns attempting to improve upon their 4–12 record from the 2006 season, in which the team finished in fourth place in the AFC North. ...


Season-by-season records

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Logo and uniforms

The Browns are the only team in the NFL that do not have a logo on their helmets. Even though the team has had various logos throughout the years, such as the "Brownie Elf" mascot (a logo that Art Modell did away with in the mid-1960s, feeling it was too childish; however, its use has been revived under the current ownership.) and the Brown "B" in a white football, the club's orange "logo-less" helmet has become its primary trademark. The only time that the Browns ever had a logo on their helmets was during one preseason game vs Green Bay in 1965; it was a brown "CB". (the "CB" Logo is what Art Modell tried to use as a replacement for the "Brownie Elf" mascot.) A signature Cox Brownie A brownie/brounie or urisk (Lowland Scots) or brùnaidh, ùruisg, or gruagach (Scottish Gaelic) is a legendary kind of creature popular in folklore around Scotland and England (especially the north). ...


Since debuting in 1946, the Browns' uniforms have essentially remained the same. However, the team originally wore white helmets before switching to orange (with a white center stripe.) on a full-time basis in 1952. (In the 1950 & '51 seasons, the Browns wore the white helmets in day games and plain orange helmets in night games because of an NFL rule prohibiting the use of white or light-colored helmets for night games because of the lighting and the use of a white football for night games. Also because of night games, they experimented with silver game pants in the 1950 & '51 seasons, and a third orange jersey for night games in the 1954 season.) From 1957 to 1960, the players' numbers were on the sides of their helmets. In 1960, the Browns went to the now familiar brown-white-brown stripe sequence on the helmets. NFL redirects here. ...


The original designs of the jerseys, pants and socks have remained mostly intact although the helmet has undergone significant revisions:


Jerseys: 1. Brown (officially "seal brown") with white numerals and a white-orange-white-orange-white stripe sequence on the sleeves. 2. White with brown numerals and a brown-orange-brown-orange-brown stripe sequence on the sleeves. The three white or brown stripes are approximately twice the width of the two orange stripes. (The original 1946 jerseys featured block-shadow numerals.) Seal brown is a rich dark brown color, resembling the color of the dyed fur from the fur seal. ...


Pants: White with an orange-brown-orange stripe sequence on the sides. The stripes are of equal width.


Socks: Brown or white to match the jerseys with the identical stripe sequence as the jersey sleeves.


Helmet: Solid white (1946–1949); solid white for day games and solid orange for night games (1950–1951); orange with a single white stripe (1952–1956); orange with a single white stripe and brown numerals on the sides (1957–1959); orange with a brown-white-brown stripe sequence and brown numerals on the sides (1960); orange with a brown-white-brown stripe sequence (1961–1995 and 1999–present).


Over the years, the Browns have had on-again/off-again periods of wearing white in their home games, particularly in the 1970s and 80s, as well as in the early 2000s after the team returned to the league. Until recently, when more NFL teams started to wear white at home at least once a season, the Browns were the only non-subtropical team north of the Mason-Dixon line to wear white at home on a regular basis. Since 1999, the team has worn white, brown and orange jerseys at home. Subtropical (or semitropical) areas are those adjacent to the tropics, usually roughly defined as the ranges 23. ... For the fictional character, see Mason Dixon (Rocky Balboa character). ...


Numerals first appeared on the jersey sleeves in 1961. Over the years, there have been minor revisions to the sleeve stripes, the first occurring in 1968 (brown jerseys worn in early season) and 1969 (white and brown jerseys) when stripes began to be silk screened onto the sleeves and separated from each other to prevent color bleeding. However, the basic five-stripe sequence has remained intact (with the exception of the 1984 season). A recent revision was the addition of the initials "AL" to honor team owner Al Lerner who died in 2002. Alfred Al Lerner (May 8, 1933—October 23, 2002) was an American billionaire. ...


Orange pants with a brown-white-brown stripe sequence were worn from 1975–1983 and become symbolic of the Kardiac Kids era. The orange pants were worn again occasionally in 2003 and 2004.


Other than the helmet, the uniform was completely redesigned for the 1984 season. New striping patterns appeared on the white jerseys, brown jerseys and pants. Solid brown socks were worn with brown jerseys and solid orange socks were worn with white jerseys. Brown numerals on white jerseys were outlined in orange. White numerals on brown jerseys were double outlined in brown and orange.


In 1985, the uniform returned to a look similar to the original design and remained that way through 1995.


In 1999, the expansion Browns adopted the traditional design with two exceptions: 1. Jersey-sleeve numbers were moved to the shoulders. 2. The orange-brown-orange pants stripes were significantly widened.


Experimentation with the uniform design began in 2002. An alternate orange jersey was introduced that season as the NFL encouraged teams to adopt a third jersey. Also in 2002, a major design change was made when solid brown socks appeared for the first time since 1984 and were used with white, brown and orange jerseys. Other than 1984, striped socks (matching the jersey stripes) had been a signature design element in the team's traditional uniform. The white striped socks appeared occasionally with the white jerseys in 2003–2005 and again in 2007.


Experimentation continued in 2003 and 2004 when the traditional orange-brown-orange stripes on the white pants were replaced by two variations of a brown-orange-brown sequence, one in which the stripes were joined (worn with white jerseys) and the other in which they were separated by white (worn with brown jerseys). The joined sequence was used exclusively with both jerseys in 2005. In 2006, the traditional orange-brown-orange sequence returned.


In 2006, the team reverted to an older uniform style, featuring gray face masks; the original stripe pattern on the brown jersey sleeves (The white jersey has had that sleeve stripe pattern on a consistent basis since the 1985 season.) and the older, darker shade of brown. The team still has the alternate orange jerseys as well as the orange pants, however they are not worn often. [7]


On November 26, 2006, as part of the commemoration of their 60th anniversary, the Browns wore a replica of their 1957–59 uniforms in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The "throwback" uniform was the same as that worn by Jim Brown in his 1957 rookie season. Distinctions include brown numerals and a single white stripe on the helmet, no numerals on the sleeves or shoulders, and the traditional matching striped socks. The uniforms were worn again on November 25, 2007, in a 27-17 win over Houston at Cleveland Browns Stadium. is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Paul Brown got his inspiration for the Brown's colors from the nearby Bowling Green State University. Early on B.G.S.U. also hosted Browns training camps. Today the University displays a plaque that commemorates this connection with the NFL franchise.


Fans

A 2006 study conducted by Bizjournal determined that Browns fans are the most loyal fans in the NFL. The study was largely based on fan loyalty during winning and losing seasons (however, it does not account for the ratio of winning to losing seasons by a team), attendance at games, and challenges confronting fans (such as inclement weather or long-term poor performance of their team).[8] The study noted that Browns fans filled 99.8% of the seats at Cleveland Browns Stadium during the last seven seasons, despite a combined record of 36 wins and 76 losses over that span.[9] For more information on fans of football (soccer), see Football (soccer) culture. ...


The most prominent organization of Browns fans is the Browns Backers Worldwide (BBW). The organization has approximately 79,000 members[10] and is considered the largest sports-fan organization in the USA[citation needed]. Browns Backers clubs can be found in every major city in the United States, and in a number of military bases throughout the world, with the largest club being in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, the organization has a sizable foreign presence in places as far away as Egypt, Australia, Japan, and Sri Lanka. Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


Perhaps the most visible Browns fans are those that can be found in the Dawg Pound. The Dawg Pound is located at the east end zone of Cleveland Browns Stadium and features hundreds of fans clad in orange and brown and canine attire. Cleveland Browns Dawg logo The Dawg Pound is the name of the bleacher section behind the east end zone in Cleveland Browns Stadium, the home field of the Cleveland Browns. ...


Notable famous Browns fans, among others, include Condoleezza Rice,[11] Jerry "The King" Lawler, baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron, [12] and native Clevelander Drew Carey. Condoleezza Rice (born November 14, 1954) is the 66th United States Secretary of State, and the second in the administration of President George W. Bush to hold the office. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Hammer, Hammerin Hank”, or Bad Henry”, is a retired American baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned the 1950s through the 1970s. ... Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedian, actor, and game show host. ...


Players of note

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs Derek Matthew Anderson (born June 15, 1983 in Portland, Oregon) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Kenneth Simon Dorsey (born April 22, 1981 in Orinda, California) is an NFL quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after being traded from San Francisco 49ers for veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer. ... Brayden Tyler Brady Quinn (born October 27, 1984, Columbus, Ohio) to Robin and Ty Quinn. ...

Wide Receivers Charles Ali is an American football fullback who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Jerome Harrison (born in 1984) is an american football running back for the National Football League Cleveland Browns. ... Jamal Lafitte Lewis (born August 26, 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football running back in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. ... Lawrence Vickers is an NFL football player selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th round (180th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft. ... Jason DK Wright— also known as D.K., is a Bronx native poet. ...

Tight Ends Timothy M. Carter (born September 21, 1979 in St. ... Joshua Cribbs (born June 9, 1983 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver and special teams for the NFLs Cleveland Browns. ... Braylon Jamel Edwards (born February 21, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. His father, Stanley, played football at the University of Michigan (1977-1981) and with the Houston Oilers (1982-1986) and Detroit Lions (1987). ... Joseph Michael Jurevicius (born December 23, 1974 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He went to High School at Lake Catholic in Mentor, Ohio. ... // IMA NIGGER THAT LIKES BLACK COCK IN MY mouth == == == ]]; class=fn| Travis Wilson Date of birth February 11, 1984 Place of birth nigger town, Texas Height 2 ft 1 in (0. ...

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen Darnell Dinkins is a tight end who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens and attended University of Pittsburgh. ... Steve Heiden (born September 21, 1976 in Rushford, Minnesota) is an American football player who currently plays tight end for the Cleveland Browns. ... Kellen Boswell Winslow II[1] (born July 21, 1983 in San Diego, California) is a professional American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Nathaniel Willi Dorsey is an American Football player who plays offensive tackle. ... Greg Eslinger (born April 23, 1983) is a former four-year starter at center for the University of Minnesota football team. ... Hank Fraley is a National Football League offesnive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Lennie Friedman (born October 13, 1976 in Livingston, New Jersey) is an American football player for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected with the 30th pick of the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos out of Duke University. ... Kevin Shaffer (born March 2, 1980 in Salisbury, MD) is a National Football League offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. ... Isaac Sowells is an American football offensive guard, who currently plays for the National Football Leagues Cleveland Browns. ... Eric Steinbach (born April 04, 1980 in New Lenox, Illinois) is an American football player who currently plays guard for the Cincinnati Bengals. ... Joe Thomas (born on December 4, 1984 in Brookfield, Wisconsin) is an American football offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. ... Ryan Tucker (born June 12, 1975 in Midland, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. ...

Linebackers

Defensive Backs Simon Fraser (born March 27, 1983 in Upper Arlington, Ohio) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Cleveland Browns. ... Ethan Jeffrey Arthur Kelley is a National Football League nose tackle for the Cleveland Browns. ... Louis Leonard (born July 16, 1984) is an American football defensive tackle for the St. ... Orpheus Roye (born January 21, 1974 in Miami, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Shaun Smith (born August 19, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. Played for 2 years as a defensive lineman for Butler Kansas Community College. ... Andra Davis [pronounced Andre] (born December 23, 1978 in Live Oak, Florida) is an American football linebacker who currently plays for the NFLs Cleveland Browns. ... Kristofor Lawrence Griffin (born May 27, 1981 in Rochester, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... DQwell Jackson (born September 26, 1983 in Largo, Florida) is a current American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... David McMillan (born September 20, 1981 in Hinesville, Georgia) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Antwan Peek is an American football player currently with the Houston Texans. ... Chaun Thompson (born May 22, 1980 in Mt. ... Leon Williams is a current American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Kamerion Wimbley (born October 13, 1983 in Wichita, Kansas) is a current American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns. ...

Special Teams For other people named Mike Adams, see Mike Adams (disambiguation). ... Leigh Edmond Bodden (born September 24, 1981 in Hyattsville, Maryland), is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. ... Ricardo Sanchez Colclough(Born:April 18,1982,in Fort Sumter,S.C) is a National Football League cornerback/kick returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Daven Holly (born August 8, 1982 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the first pick of the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Cincinnati. ... Sean Jones (born March 2, 1982 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football player who currently plays safety for the Cleveland Browns. ... Brandon McDonald is an American football cornerback who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Brodney Pool (born May 24, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an American football safety for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He was selected with the second pick of the second round (34th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. ... Nick Sorensen (born July 31, 1978 in Vienna, Virginia) is an American football player who currently plays safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars. ... Eric Wright (born on July 24, 1985) is a starting cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. ... Kenneth D. Wright (born September 14, 1977 in Ruston, LA) is an American football player who currently plays cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. On April 3, 2006, the Washington Redskins signed Kenny Wright on a 1-year, $750,000 contract with a $40,000 signing bonus. ...

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad Phil Dawson (born January 23, 1975 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American football placekicker for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. ... Ryan Pontbriand (born October 1, 1979) is a National Football League long snapper/center for the Cleveland Browns. ... David Michael Zastudil (born October 26, 1978 in Bay Village, Ohio) is a punter for the Cleveland Browns. ... Kyle Basler is an American football punter who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Gary Wayne Baxter (born November 24, 1978) is an American Football player for the Cleveland Browns. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... LeCharles Vernon Bentley (born November 7, 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a National Football League center for the Cleveland Browns. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Efrem Hill (born 1983-07-23 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a member of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Seth McKinney (born June 12, 1979 in Buffalo, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays center for the Miami Dolphins. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Justin Sandy is an American football safety who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Alvin Smith (born June 16, 1982 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football Defensive Tackle who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Matt Stewart (born August 31, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Theodore Washington, Jr. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ...


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Players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Cleveland Browns have the fourth largest number of players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a total of sixteen enshrined players elected based on their performance with the Browns, and five more players elected who spent at least one year with the Browns franchise.[13] No Browns players were inducted in the inaugural induction class of 1963. Otto Graham was the first Brown to be enshrined as a member of the class of 1965, and the most-recent Brown to be included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is Gene Hickerson, who was a member of the class of 2007. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Otto Everett Graham Jr. ... Robert Eugene (Gene) Hickerson (born February 15, 1935) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the Cleveland Browns in a fifteen year career from 1958 to 1973. ...

Pro Football Hall of Famers
Inducted No. Player name Nat. Tenure Position(s)
1965 14, 60 Otto Graham Flag of the United States 1946–1955 Quarterback
1967 Paul Brown Flag of the United States 1946–1962 Head coach
1968 76 Marion Motley Flag of the United States 1946–1953 Fullback
1971 32 Jim Brown Flag of the United States 1957–1965 Fullback
1974 76 Lou Groza Flag of the United States 1946–1959
1961–1967
Offensive tackle
Placekicker
1975 56, 86 Dante Lavelli Flag of the United States 1946–1956 Wide Receiver/Tight End
1976 80 Len Ford Flag of the United States 1950–1957 Defensive end
1977 30, 60 Bill Willis Flag of the United States 1946–1953 Defensive lineman
1981 87 Willie Davis Flag of the United States 1958–1959 Defensive end
1982 81 Doug Atkins Flag of the United States 1953–1954 Defensive end
1983 49 Bobby Mitchell Flag of the United States 1958–1961 Wide receiver
Halfback
1983 42 Paul Warfield Flag of the United States 1964–1969
1976–1977
Wide receiver
1984 74 Mike McCormack Flag of the United States 1954–1962 Offensive tackle
1985 22, 52 Frank Gatski Flag of the United States 1946–1956 Offensive center
1987 16 Len Dawson Flag of the United States 1960–1961 Quarterback
1994 44 Leroy Kelly Flag of the United States 1964–1973 Running back
1995 74 Henry Jordan Flag of the United States 1957–1958 Defensive tackle
1998 25 Tommy McDonald Flag of the United States 1968 Wide receiver
1999 82 Ozzie Newsome Flag of the United States 1978–1990 Tight end
2003 64, 68 Joe DeLamielleure++ Flag of the United States 1980–1984 Offensive guard
2007 66 Gene Hickerson Flag of the United States 1958–1973 Offensive guard
† Performance with Browns incidental to induction
++ Was significantly more successful with Buffalo Bills

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Cleveland Browns Legends

The Legends program honors former Browns who made noteworthy contributions to the history of the franchise. In addition to all the Hall of Famers listed above, the Legends list includes:[14]

Earnest Alexander Byner (born September 15, 1962 in Milledgeville, Georgia) is a former American football running back. ... Gary James Collins (born August 20, 1940) is a retired American football wide receiver and punter who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1962 to 1971. ... Douglas Dieken (born February 12, 1949 in Streator, Illinois) is a former American football tackle who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Hanford Dixon (born December 25, 1958 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football cornerback who played his entire career (1981-1989) for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. Dixon made the Pro Bowl three times, in 1986, 1987 and 1988. ... Bob Gain (born June 21, 1929) was an American football player. ... James Edward Jim Houston (born November 3, 1937 in Massillon, Ohio) is a former American football linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Thomas L. Tommy James, Jr. ... William Dub Jones (born December 29, 1924 in Arcadia, Louisiana) is a former American Football running back who played ten seasons with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Seahawks from 1950 to 1955 in the National Football League and the old All-America Football Conference. ... Bernard Joseph Kosar, Jr. ... William Clay Matthews, Jr. ... Walt Michaels In 1978. ... Frank Minnifield (born January 1, 1960, Lexington, Kentucky) is a former American football player who played defensive back for the Cleveland Browns from 1984-92. ... Michael Dean Perry (born August 27, 1965 in Aiken, South Carolina) is a former american football defensive lineman and the younger brother of William Perry. ... Gregory Donald Pruitt (born August 18, 1951 in Houston, Texas) was a National Football League running back from 1973 through 1984. ... Mike Pruitt (born April 3, 1954) is a former American Football running back who played eleven seasons from 1976 to 1986 with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League. ... Raymond Renfro (born November 7, 1930 in Whitesboro, Texas) is a former American professional football player. ... Frank Beall Ryan, Ph. ... Richard Philip Dick Schafrath is a retired offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns, former Ohio State Senator and author. ... Jerry Martin Sherk (born July 7, 1948) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL from 1970 until 1981 (12 seasons). ... Brian Winfield Sipe (born 1949) is a former professional American Football quarterback who played in the NFL between 1974-83 and the USFL in 1984-85. ... Webster M. Slaughter was born on October 19th, 1964 in Stockton, CA where he attended Franklin High School. ... James Ray Smith (born February 27, 1932 in West Columbia, Texas) is a former American football tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Cleveland Browns. ... On October 5th, 1964. ...

Other notable alumni

Tony Adamle (May 15, 1924 - October 7, 2000) was a running back in the NFL. For his entire career he played for the Cleveland Browns. ... Michael James Baab (born June 12, 1959 in Forth Worth, Texas) is a former American football center who played twelve seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the Cleveland Browns. ... The pioneering hardcore hip hop group Wu-Tang Clans plan to conquer the hip hop industry consisted not only of making each member into a solo star in their own right, but also to create and promote numerous affiliate artists. ... For the Canadian writer, see Brian Brennan (writer). ... Courtney Brown is an NFL defensive end. ... Donald Lee Cockroft (born February 6, 1945 in Cheyenne, Wyoming) is a former American football punter and placekicker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Don Colo (born January 5, 1925 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts) is a former American football defensive tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League. ... Timothy Scott Couch (born July 31, 1977 in Hyden, Kentucky) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. ... Thomas Vincent Darden (August 28, 1950) was an American football player for the Cleveland Browns. ... Thomas Denning DeLeone (born August 13, 1950 in Ravenna, Ohio) is a former American football center who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Galen Fiss (born July 30, 1931 in Johnson City, Kansas, died July 17, 2006 in Overland Park, Kansas) is a former American football linebacker who played eleven seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Christopher Allen Gardocki (born February 7, 1970) is a Clemson University graduate, and a punter in the NFL. Chris has spent time with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers. ... William Sheppeard Glass (born August 16, 1935 in Texarkana, Texas) is a former American football defensive tackle who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. ... Calvin Hill (born January 2, 1947in the Turners Station neighborhood of Dundalk, Maryland) was a running back with a 12 year National Football League career from 1969 to 1981. ... Leroy Hoard (born May 15, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is a retired NFL running back who played for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings. ... Eddie Johnson (February 3, 1959 - January 21, 2003) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Mike Johnson (born November 26, 1962 in Southport, North Carolina) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the Cleveland Browns. ... Walter Johnson (born November 13, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former American football tackle who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Reginald Reggie Devan Langhorne (born April 7, 1963 in Suffolk, Virginia), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft. ... David Logan (born February 2, 1954 in Fargo, North Dakota) is a former American football player. ... James Kevin Mack (born August 9, 1962 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina) is a former National Football League and United States Football League running back. ... Eric Quinn Metcalf (born January 23, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) is a former National Football League running back and wide receiver who played for the Cleveland Browns, as well as Atlanta, San Diego, Arizona, Carolina, Washington and Green Bay. ... Milton Morin (born October 15, 1942 in Leominster, Massachusetts), is a former American professional football player. ... Robert Perry Bob Golic (born October 26, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the New England Patriots (1979-1981), Cleveland Browns (1982-1988) and Los Angeles Raiders (1989-1992) in the NFL. He was drafted by the Patriots out of Notre Dame in... Earl Jackson Gregory (born 1944) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants in a thirteen year career that lasted from 1967 to 1979 in the National Football League. ... Robert Otis Griffith (born November 30, 1970 in Lanham, MD) is a Safety for the Arizona Cardinals. ... William Keith Nelsen (Born January 29, 1941) was a former football player who played collegiately for the University of Southern California and professionally with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. ... Don Paul (born in 1926) is a former professional American Football player who played defensive back for the Chicago Cardinals (1950-1953) and the Cleveland Browns (1954-1958). ... Michael Elston Phipps (born January 19, 1947) was an football quarterback who played collegiately for the Purdue University Boilermakers (1967-1969), and professionally for both the Cleveland Browns (1970-1976) and Chicago Bears (1977-1981). ... Milton Ross Plum (b. ... George William Ratterman (born November 12, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was an American Football player in the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League. ... Cody Lewis Risien (born March 22, 1957 in Bryan, Texas) is a former American football tackle who played eleven seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Reginald Joseph Rucker (born September 21, 1947 in Washington, DC) is a former American professional football player. ... Ron Simmons[2] (born May 15, 1958) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and retired American football player. ... Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Eric Turner was a hard hitting, former first round draft choice, at defensive back for the Browns. ... Paul Wiggin is a former football player and coach who currently serves as the senior consultant for pro personnel with the Minnesota Vikings. ... John Wooten (born December 5, 1936 in Carlsbad, New Mexico) was an American football guard who played nine professional seasons with the NFL Cleveland Browns. ...

Retired numbers

The Cleveland Browns have retired five numbers throughout their history.

Retired numbers
No. Player name Nat.
14 Otto Graham Flag of the United States
32 Jim Brown Flag of the United States
45 Ernie Davis Flag of the United States
46 Don Fleming Flag of the United States
76 Lou Groza Flag of the United States

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All-time first-round draft picks

This is a list of first-round draft picks made by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Kenneth Leroy Carpenter (born February 26, 1926 in Carlyle, Washington) is a former American and Canadian football player who played in the National Football League from 1950–1953, the Canadian Football League from 1954–1959, and the American Football League in 1960. ... Kenny Konz (born September 25, 1928 in Weimar, Texas) was an American football defensive back who played with the National Football Leagues Cleveland Browns from 1953 to 1959. ... Bert Rechichar (born July 16, 1950 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania) was an American football defensive back who played with the National Football Leagues Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1952 to 1960, and the American Football Leagues New York Titans in 1961. ... Harry Agganis - Topps baseball card - 1955 Series, #152 Aristotle George (Harry) Agganis (April 20, 1929 - June 27, 1955) nicknamed The Golden Greek, was an American athletic star in two sports. ... Douglas Leon Atkins (Born May 8, 1930, in Humboldt, Tennessee) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. ... Robert Driscoll Bobby Garrett (born August 16, 1932 in Los Angeles, California) was an American football quarterback who played one season in the National Football League. ... Kurt Burris (born June 27, 1932 in Nowata, Oklahoma, died September 21, 1999 in Billings, Montana) is a former American football center. ... Preston Carpenter (born January 24, 1934 in Hayti, Missouri) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for twelve seasons for five different teams in the NFL and AFL. Other American Football League players Categories: | | | | | | | | | | ... Jahwon is smart cute likes football and is good For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... Jim Shofner (born December 18, 1935) is a former football player and coach who played and worked at both the collegiate and professional levels. ... James Edward Jim Houston (born November 3, 1937 in Massillon, Ohio) is a former American football linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Bobby Crespino (born January 11, 1938 in Duncan, Mississippi) is a former American football tight end who played eight seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the New York Giants. ... Gary James Collins (born August 20, 1940) is a retired American football wide receiver and punter who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1962 to 1971. ... Leroy Jackson (born December 8, 1939 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) was an American football running back in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. ... Thomas Edward Hutchinson (June 15, 1941 - May 5, 2007) was an American football wide receiver. ... Paul Dryden Warfield (born November 28, 1942 in Warren, Ohio) was a professional American football wide receiver in the 1960s and 1970s known for his speed, fluid moves, grace, jumping ability and hands. ... Milton Morin (born October 15, 1942 in Leominster, Massachusetts), is a former American professional football player. ... Robert Matheson (born November 25, 1944 in Boone, North Carolina) was a linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League. ... Marvin Upshaw was a defensive end who played nine seasons in the National Football League. ... Ron Johnson (born October 17, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football running back. ... Michael Elston Phipps (born January 19, 1947) was an football quarterback who played collegiately for the Purdue University Boilermakers (1967-1969), and professionally for both the Cleveland Browns (1970-1976) and Chicago Bears (1977-1981). ... Robert Charles McKay (born December 27, 1947 in Seminole, Texas) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1970 through 1978. ... Clarence Scott (born 1949) is a former American football defensive back who played thirteen seasons in the NFL from 1971 to 1983 for the Cleveland Browns. ... Thomas Vincent Darden (August 28, 1950) was an American football player for the Cleveland Browns. ... Pete Adams (born May 4, 1951 in San Diego, California) is a former American football guard who played four seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ... Mike Pruitt (born April 3, 1954) is a former American Football running back who played eleven seasons from 1976 to 1986 with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League. ... Robert Lee Jackson (born August 7, 1954 in Houston, Texas) is a former National Football League linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons between 1977 and 1982. ... Ozzie Newsome Jr. ... William Clay Matthews, Jr. ... Charles White (born January 22, 1958) is a former professional American football athlete. ... Hanford Dixon (born December 25, 1958 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football cornerback who played his entire career (1981-1989) for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. Dixon made the Pro Bowl three times, in 1986, 1987 and 1988. ... The pioneering hardcore hip hop group Wu-Tang Clans plan to conquer the hip hop industry consisted not only of making each member into a solo star in their own right, but also to create and promote numerous affiliate artists. ... Donald Lavert Rogers (September 17, 1962 - June 27, 1986) was an American football player for the Cleveland Browns. ... Michael Wayne Junkin (born November 21, 1964 in North Little Rock, Arkansas is a former American football linebacker in the NFL. He played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns and one with the Kansas City Chiefs. ... This article is about the wide receiver. ... Eric Quinn Metcalf (born January 23, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) is a former National Football League running back and wide receiver who played for the Cleveland Browns, as well as Atlanta, San Diego, Arizona, Carolina, Washington and Green Bay. ... Eric Turner was a hard hitting, former first round draft choice, at defensive back for the Browns. ... Tommy Vardell (born February 20, 1969, in El Cajon, CA) is a former NFL fullback. ... Steve Everitt (born August 21, 1970 in Miami, Florida) is a former professional American football player who played offensive line for seven seasons for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Philadelphia Eagles. ... Collie Antonio Langham (born July 31, 1972 in Town Creek, Alabama), was a former American professional football player who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (9th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. ... Derrick Scott Alexander (born November 6, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) was a wide receiver in the National Football League. ... Timothy Scott Couch (born July 31, 1977 in Hyden, Kentucky) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. ... Courtney Lanair Brown (born February 14, 1978) in Charleston, South Carolina was a NFL defensive end for played for the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. ... Gerard T. Warren (born July 25, 1978 in Lake City, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He was drafted out of the University of Florida with the third pick in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. ... William Green (born December 17, 1979 in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is an American football running back who currently is a free agent of the NFL. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns out of Boston College with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. ... Jeff Faine (born April 6, 1981) is an American football center currently playing for the New Orleans Saints. ... Kellen Boswell Winslow II[1] (born July 21, 1983 in San Diego, California) is a professional American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Braylon Jamel Edwards (born February 21, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. His father, Stanley, played football at the University of Michigan (1977-1981) and with the Houston Oilers (1982-1986) and Detroit Lions (1987). ... Kamerion Wimbley (born October 13, 1983 in Wichita, Kansas) is a current American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns. ... Joe Thomas (born on December 4, 1984 in Brookfield, Wisconsin) is an American football offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. ... Brayden Tyler Brady Quinn (born October 27, 1984, Columbus, Ohio) to Robin and Ty Quinn. ...

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Paul Eugene Brown (September 7, 1908 - August 5, 1991) was an athletics coach of American football and a major figure in the development of the National Football League. ... Blanton Long Collier (born July 2, 1906, Millersburg, Kentucky; died March 22, 1983, Houston, Texas) was an American football coach who led the University of Kentucky (1954-1961) and Cleveland Browns (1963-1970). ... Nicholas Leonard Skorich (born June 26, 1921 in Bellaire, Ohio; died October 2, 2004) was an American football player and coach. ... Alvis Forrest Gregg (born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas) is a former American Football player and coach. ... Dick Modzelewski (born February 16, 1931) is a former football player and coach who played professionally for four teams and later served as interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the final game of the 1977 NFL season. ... Sam Rutigliano (b. ... Martin Edward Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. ... Leon H. Bud Carson (born April 28, 1931 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania; died December 7, 2005 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American football coach best-known for his role on the Pittsburgh Steelers championship teams of the 1970s. ... Jim Shofner (born December 18, 1935) is a former football player and coach who played and worked at both the collegiate and professional levels. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Chris Palmer is a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and former offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. ... Paul Hilton Butch Davis, Jr. ... Terry Robiskie (born November 12, 1954 in New Orleans, LA) is the current wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns. ... Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947 in Lynchburg, Virginia) has been the head coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League since February 8, 2005. ...

Current staff

Cleveland Browns staff
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Front Office
  • Owner/President - Randolph D. Lerner
  • Vice Chairman - Bob Kain
  • Senior Vice President - Lewis C.Merletti
  • Senior Vice President & General Manager - Phil Savage
  • Director of Player Personnel - Bill Rees

Head Coaches Randolph D. Lerner (born 1962) is an American entrepreneur and sports team owner. ... Bob Kain is CEO of IMG, which is known the worlds premier sports and lifestyle management and marketing firm. ... Phil Savage (born April 7, 1965 in Mobile, Alabama) was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Browns in January 2005. ...

Offensive Coaches Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947 in Lynchburg, Virginia) has been the head coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League since February 8, 2005. ... Rip Scherer is the quarterback coach for the NFLs Cleveland Browns. ...

 

Defensive Coaches Rob Chudzinski (born May 12, 1968 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American football coach. ... Anthony Lynn (born December 21, 1968 in McKinney, Texas) is a former American football running back and current assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Wesley Sandy Chandler (born August 22, 1956 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida) is a former American football wide receiver. ... Alfredo Robers (March 17, 1965) is the tight ends coach for the Cleveland Browns. ... Steve Marshall is the current offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns. ... Dave Atkins is the senior offensive assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns. ...

  • Defensive Coordinator - Todd Grantham
  • Defensive Line - Randy Melvin
  • Linebackers - Mike Haluchak
  • Defensive Backs - Mel Tucker
  • Secondary/Assistant Special Teams - Cory Undlin
  • Defensive Assistant - Bob Trott
  • Defensive Quality Control - Umberto Leone

Special Teams Coaches Todd Grantham is the current defensive coordinator for the NFLs Cleveland Browns. ... Randy Melvin (born April 3, 1959 in Aurora, Illinois) is the current American football defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Mike Haluchak (born November 28, 1949 in Concord, CA) is the linebackers coach for the National Football League Cleveland Browns since 2005. ... Cory Undlin (born June 29, 1971 in St. ...

Strength and Conditioning Ted Daisher is the current special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. ...


Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs Tom Myslinski is a National Football League strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos and a former National Football League offensive lineman. ... Alan DeGennaro is the current assistant strength-and-conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns. ... The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team staffs: // Categories: | ...

Radio and television

As of 2006, the Browns' flagship radio stations are WMMS, 100.7FM, a rock station, and news/talk station WTAM 1100AM. Jim Donovan, formerly of NBC Sports and sports director of WKYC Channel 3, is the play-by-play announcer, former Browns offensive tackle Doug Dieken is the color analyst, and WTAM sports anchor/reporter Andre Knott serves as sideline reporter. WMMS 100. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... WTAM is an AM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio broadcasting on 1100 kHz with 50,000 watts. ... Jim Donovan (born July 17, 1956, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American radio and television personality who serves as sports director for WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The NBC Sports logo used since 1989. ... WKYC-TV is Clevelands affiliate for NBC and is owned by Gannett. ... Douglas Dieken (born February 12, 1949 in Streator, Illinois) is a former American football tackle who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. ...


In 2006, preseason telecasts moved to WKYC from WOIO after a controversy arose over the 911 calls at the drowning death of the team owner's niece (see above). Both Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio have weekly shows about the team. WOIO channel 19 is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Shaker Heights, Ohio and serving the Cleveland-Akron, Ohio television market. ... Fox Sports Net Ohio Logo Sports Channel Ohio Logo FSN Ohio, formerly Fox Sports Net Ohio and SportsChannel Ohio, is a cable channel in Ohio (with the exception of the Toledo region, where FSN Detroit is carried), parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Northwest Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and extreme Southwest New York. ... SportsTime Ohio (or STO) is a regional sports television network in Cleveland and northern Ohio, Launched in 2006. ...


In popular culture

  • In the 1966 Billy Wilder movie The Fortune Cookie, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in their first on screen pairing, Lemmon played a CBS cameraman accidentally injured by a Browns' player during a game at Cleveland Stadium and Matthau played his huckster lawyer intent on suing the Browns and CBS. Matthau won the best supporting actor Oscar for the role. Crowd shots were filmed at the Stadium during a game.
  • In the eleventh episode of the third season of the Simpsons, entitled “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”, Homer Simpson is overheard by two German businessmen, Hans and Fritz, saying that Mr Burns wouldn’t sell the power plant for less than $100 million. The two businessmen, who are looking for a business acquisition, count all the cash they have and remark that they could pay that much and still “have enough for the Cleveland Browns”.
  • The Family Guy character Cleveland Brown is an obvious reference to the team.
  • In the movie Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Larry the Cable Guy makes reference to going to the bathroom as "Taking the Browns to the Super Bowl"

Billy Wilder (June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-born, Jewish-American journalist, screenwriter, film director, and producer whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. ... The Fortune Cookie is a 1967 film with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. ... John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was a two-time Academy Award and Cannes Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American comedy actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with fellow Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... The Simpsons. ... “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk” (German: Burns to Sell [sic] the Power Plant) is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons’ third season; the title uses incorrect German grammar—see below. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... This article is about the Family Guy character. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Schneider, Russel (1999). The Best of the Cleveland Browns Memories. Hinckley, OH: Moonlight. ISBN 0-9672056-0-3. 
  2. ^ Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present. 1994 pg. 194
  3. ^ Miller, Jeff (2003). Going Long. New York: Contemporary Books, McGraw Hill, p. 268. ISBN 0-07-141849-0. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay. Cleveland Browns name Charlie Frye starting quarterback for opener, The Plain Dealer, September 4, 2007.
  6. ^ Jackson, Zac. Trade clears way for Anderson. clevelandbrowns.com September 11, 2007. Accessed September 13, 2007
  7. ^ Grossi, Tony. Rivals remain sold on Frye as starter, The Plain Dealer, April 2, 2006.
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ [4]
  11. ^ Rice sees wide world of sports ESPN.com, February 27, 2007. Accessed September 18, 2007.
  12. ^ The BioFile: Henry Aaron, accessed November 27, 2007
  13. ^ Hall of Famers by Franchise. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-04-02.
  14. ^ Cleveland Browns Legends, clevelandbrowns.com. Accessed September 15, 2006.

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A reactivated Cleveland Browns team would then begin play in 1999 in the AFC Central Division, while the relocated club would technically and legally be a new expansion team, the Baltimore Ravens, inheriting many of the players, coaches, front office, and other staff from the Browns.
Brown's dismissal was controversial not only because he had been the cornerstone of the franchise since its inception, but also due to the fact that Modell fired him in the midst of a Cleveland newspaper strike, allowing for limited local media attention.
Cleveland easily defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38-21 in the divisional playoff and travelled to Denver for a rematch with the Broncos in the AFC Championship.
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