Cleveland Browns: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
Tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns have a long and storied franchise. They originally began playing in the All-America Football conference back in 1946 and played four seasons there. They were completely dominate during that era of their history.

Cleveland won AAFC Championships in all four seasons and in 1950 they joined the NFL. They continued their winning ways there as well, wrapping up an NFL Championship in 1950. They achieved three more, winning one in 1945, 1955 and 1964.

Unfortunately, since the Super Bowl era, the Browns haven’t tasted as much success. They’ve not only never won another title since the championship game changed names in 1967, but they’ve also never even been to a Super Bowl.

Even so, they’re a beloved team that even had to be brought back. After Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore, the NFL was smart enough to bring them back a few years later, and they picked up where they left off, keeping their long history.

During this long span of winning and eventual futility, the Browns have had some great players. Here we look at the top-30 of all-time to play in Cleveland.