The team was formed on 1946 by owner Arthur McBride, who held a newspaper contest to pick out the name for the team. The winning name for the team, the "Browns", was based on the name of popular coach Paul Brown, who had attained much success in Ohio winning five state championships coaching at Massillon High School in Canton during the 1930s, and leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to their first national championship in 1942.
Upon its founding, the team dominated the now defunct All-American Football Conference, winning the league's championship all four years of its existence (1946-1949)
The Browns moved to the NFL for the 1950 season, and won the NFL Title in its first year in the league, and would go on to win it three more times (1954, 1955, 1964)
After a lull in the 1970s, the team had a renaissance of sorts in the 1980s, led by popular quarterback Bernie Kosar, winning four Central Division Championships and reaching the AFC Championship game three times ('86, '87, '89) though all three years losing to the Denver Broncos, with the first two being under heartbreaking circumstances, with those games known in Cleveland sports lore as "The Drive" and "The Fumble" respectively.
The Browns were the first head coaching job for Bill Belichick (1991-1995), and during the 1993 season, Belichick made the controversial move of releasing Kosar (citing "diminishing physical skills"), thus earning him an amount of infamy in Cleveland sports lore.
After the 1995 season, owner Art Modell decided to move the team to Baltimore for financial reasons, even though the team had an extremely loyal following in Cleveland. Cleveland was later awarded an expansion team that began playing in 1999. In a unique move, the new team was allowed to retain the team name, logos, and history of the Browns, while the original team that relocated started fresh as the Baltimore Ravens.
Since the team returned in 1999, it has been noted for its futility, having only two winning seasons (2002, 2007, with the former being the only playoff season in the new era), and going through multiple general managers, head coaches, and starting quarterbacks. The lowest point occurred in 2017, when the team went 0-16, becoming only the second team to do so (after the 2008 Detroit Lions) since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule.
- First Energy Stadium - Cleveland, Ohio (1999–present - formerly known as Cleveland Browns Stadium)
- Cleveland Browns Headquarters - Berea, Ohio (1991–present - team HQ, practice facility, training camp site)
- Municipal Stadium (1946-1995)
- Jimmy Haslam
- Dee Haslam
- J.W. Johnson - Executive VP
- John Dorsey - GM
- Jim Brown - Special Advisor
- Freddie Kitchens
53 Man Roster
- 14 - Otto Graham
- 32 - Jim Brown
- 45 - Ernie Davis
- 46 - Don Fleming
- 76 - Lou Groza
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Baltimore Ravens
- American Football Conference
- National Football Conference