Top 50 Cleveland Browns Players In Franchise History

You know a wide receiver is great when he earns the nickname “Gluefingers.” Dante Lavelli was one of many former Buckeyes Paul Brown added to his newly formed Cleveland Browns at their inception.

10. Dante Lavelli

Imagine for a moment that you’re finishing your college career at Ohio State as a National Champion, an All-American, and as one of the greatest players ever to play in the Horseshoe.

9. Bill Willis

You never really know how well a draft pick will perform. Some early round picks flame out and never amount to much, but so do some later round picks.

8. Ozzie Newsome

Marion Motley would be a legendary name even if he hadn’t been a great football player. In 1946, Motley broke the football’s color barrier along with Browns’ teammate Bill Willis.

7. Marion Motley

Gene Hickerson left Ole Miss as one of the greatest offensive linemen in the history in the Southeastern Conference.

6. Gene Hickerson

Leroy Kelly would be the greatest running back of almost every NFL franchise but the Cleveland Browns.

5. Leroy Kelly

Joe Thomas became a Brown with the 3rd pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. Little did Browns fans know he would go one to become one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history.

4. Joe Thomas

After starring playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes for one season, Lou Groza enlisted in the Army to fight in World War II. While in the Army he received a package from his coach at Ohio State, Paul Brown, who was soon to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

3. Lou Groza

Football fans these days view Tom Brady as the greatest winner of all-time. Otto Graham would like a word.

2. Otto Graham

This entire article should have been thrown out if Jim Brown was not ranked number 1. Jim Brown has been named to so many all-time teams and Hall of Fame’s that it’s difficult to list them all, but we’ll try.

1. Jim Brown