A look at the five best former Cleveland Browns to win a Super Bowl ring after their time with the Browns had come to an end
After dominating the All-America Football Conference from 1946-1949, the Cleveland Browns headed to the NFL. Once there, they continued to churn out championships as they won NFL titles in 1950, 1954, 1955, and 1964 — all of which were pre-Super Bowl championships. Since those days, it’s been a long run of “maybe next year’s” as the Browns remain one of four teams to never even play in the Super Bowl and one of 12 to never win it.
That doesn’t mean some of our favorite members of the orange and brown haven’t gone on to taste success. In fact, there will be several former Cleveland Browns on the field for Super Bowl LIII as the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams face one another for the right to be crowned NFL champion.
With all that being said, we look back over the years and highlight the five best members of the Browns to ever go on to win a title after their time in The Land came to an end. But first, a few honorable mentions who just missed the cut.
Matt Stover, Kicker: Matt Stover actually joined the Browns in 1991 after being a member of a Super Bowl winning team the year before. He was a rookie on the New York Giants but was on IR as they beat the Bills. He then spent five seasons with the Browns and moved to Baltimore when Art Modell took the team and turned them into the Ravens.
Before the franchise changed names and locations, Stover knocked in 108 field goals and 156 extra points for the Browns. He then won his second title as he was a part of the Ravens team that was victorious in Super Bowl XXXV over the Giants.
Jabaal Sheard, Defensive End: A member of the All-Rookie team in 2011, Jabaal Sheard was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. He spent four seasons with the club and recorded 190 tackles and 23 sacks before joining the New England Patriots for two years. In that time, he won a title with the Pats in Super Bowl LI.
T.J. Ward, Safety: T.J. Ward spent four seasons with the Browns after being selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played well enough to earn a four-year $23 million contract with the Denver Broncos and won Super Bowl 50 with them.