Cleveland Browns in History

Events in Sport

  • 1938-10-09 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1945-02-08 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1945-04-20 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
  • 1946-09-06 All-America Football Conference begins regular season play as the Cleveland Browns beat the Miami Seahawks 44-0 before 60,135 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium
  • 1946-12-22 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
  • 1947-12-14 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • 1948-12-19 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • 1949-12-09 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • 1949-12-11 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • 1950-09-16 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)
  • 1950-10-01 New York Giants beat Cleveland Browns, 6-0 at Cleveland Stadium; sets Browns club record for fewest points scored by both teams; Browns go on to win NFL Championship
  • 1950-10-08 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • 1950-10-29 Cleveland Browns' Marion Motley sets record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
  • 1950-11-05 Cleveland Browns' Tommy James intercepts 3 passes, club record
  • 1950-12-03 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)
  • 1950-12-24 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams, 30-28; Cleveland has 5 interceptions, Rams 1

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1951-01-14 1st NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: American Conference beats National Conference, 28-27; MVP: Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, QB

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1951-11-25 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • 1951-12-23 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game
  • 1952-12-28 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-7
  • 1953-10-25 Cleveland Browns' QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles
  • 1953-12-27 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-16 to retain title
  • 1954-01-28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 1954-11-07 Cleveland Browns' Chet Hanulak sets club record with 7 punt returns & win by their largest margin of victory (59) beating Wash 62-3
  • 1954-12-26 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Cleveland Browns thrash Detroit Lions, 56-10; Browns' placekicker Lou Groza makes 8 extra points, a new title game record
  • 1955-12-26 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Cleveland Browns beat Los Angeles Rams, 38-14; Browns defend title and win their 3rd NFL Championship of the 1950s in a second straight rout
  • 1957-11-10 Cleveland Browns' Don Paul sets club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run (and TD), beating Pittsburgh 24-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-11-24 Cleveland Browns' fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yds rushing

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1957-12-29 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score 2 touchdowns in each quarter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-12-14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1959-10-04 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals
  • 1959-11-01 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown runs for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium
  • 1959-11-15 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17
  • 1961-03-21 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • 1962-01-14 12th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-30; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers, DT
  • 1963-01-07 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

  • 1963-01-13 13th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 30-20; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT
  • 1964-12-12 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes
  • 1964-12-27 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns shutout Baltimore Colts, 27-0; last championship win by a major-league pro sports team from Cleveland until 2016 NBA Cavaliers
  • 1966-01-02 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era
  • 1966-01-16 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB
  • 1968-12-29 NFL Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Baltimore Colts shutout Cleveland Browns, 34-0
  • 1970-01-04 NFL Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns, 27-7
  • 1970-11-15 Paul Brown, as head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, defeats his former team the Cleveland Browns, a moment he calls his "greatest victory"
  • 1972-10-29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
  • 1975-10-19 Cleveland Browns' Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals
  • 1976-11-14 Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks
  • 1977-09-26 Cleveland Browns play their 1st overtime game, beat Patriots 30-27
  • 1979-10-07 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • 1980-12-14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • 1981-09-07 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • 1982-12-05 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • 1983-11-20 Cleveland Browns shutout Patriots 30-0
  • 1984-10-21 Cleveland Browns' Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal
  • 1986-09-07 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31
  • 1986-09-28 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21

Sport awardAFC Championship

1987-01-11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1988-01-17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous "The Fumble", Browns' Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining
  • 1990-01-14 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21
  • 1992-08-24 Cleveland Browns suffer their worst preseason loss, 56-3, to Vikings
  • 1994-09-04 Tom Tupa scores the first 2-point conversion in NFL history, running in a fake extra point attempt for the Cleveland Browns in a 28-20 win at Cincinnati
  • 1995-10-27 Contract finalizing Cleveland Browns' move to Balt is signed
  • 1995-11-06 Art Modell officially announces Cleveland Browns are moving to Balt

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1996-02-15 NFL coaching maestro Bill Belichick is fired by Cleveland, finishing his Browns coaching career with a record of 36-44

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1996-03-29 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • 1996-09-01 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • 1999-04-17 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2000-04-15 NFL Draft: Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2017-04-27 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2017-12-31 Cleveland Browns crash to a 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field to become only the 2nd team in NFL history to finish season with 0-16 record
  • 2018-04-26 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first pick by Cleveland Browns; 4 QBs taken in top 10 selections for first time in history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884-04-01 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1952)

Person of interestPaul Brown

1908-09-07 Paul Brown, American NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio (d. 1991)

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1920-06-05 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)

Person of interestOtto Graham

1921-12-06 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1923-02-23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1924-01-25 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1924-12-29 Dub Jones, American NFL halfback (Pro Bowl 1951, 52; All Pro 1951) and coach (Cleveland Browns), born in Arcadia, Louisiana
  • 1925-06-23 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926-02-18 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1929-10-16 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1930-09-01 Pete Brewster, American football end and coach (NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 56; Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1933-07-01 Sam Rutigliano, American NFL coach and broadcaster (Cleveland Browns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934-07-24 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), born in Lisbon, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2020)

Person of interestJim Brown

1936-02-17 Jim Brown, American NFL Running Back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1936-04-29 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • 1937-11-03 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), born in Massillon, Ohio (2018)

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1948-06-15 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1956-03-16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1958-01-22 Charles White, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1979, USC; Pro Bowl 1987, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-10-20 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1984; NO Saints, Cleveland Browns, NY Jets), born in Hawarden, Iowa
  • 1962-08-29 Carl Banks, American NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1962-09-15 Earnest Byner, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1963-02-10 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963-11-13 Vinny Testaverde, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1986, U of Miami; Pro Bowl 1996, 98; Tampa Bay Bucs, NY Jets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963-11-25 Bernie Kosar, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964-03-17 Don Griffin, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964-06-29 Pepper Johnson, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Cleveland Browns), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964-08-03 Johnny Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-01-21 Eric Moore, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1965-08-06 Brian Kinchen, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1965-12-15 Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966-02-06 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966-02-28 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966-04-12 Lorenzo White, American football running back (Cleveland Browns), born Hollywood, Florida
  • 1966-05-24 Tony Jones, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Royston, Georgia
  • 1967-02-09 Stevon Moore, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967-03-18 Andre Rison, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs)
  • 1967-08-27 Rob Burnett, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967-12-15 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1968-01-27 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-01-27 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968-05-15 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968-09-20 Eric Turner, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Ventura, California
  • 1968-11-05 Bob Dahl, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-03-15 Louis Riddick, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • 1969-04-12 Michael Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 1996; Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1969-06-20 Gerald Dixon, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1969-07-08 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969-11-28 Pio Sagapolutele, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969-12-19 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970-01-06 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970-04-05 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970-04-08 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1970-05-01 Alex Van Pelt, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills) and QB coach ; GB Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-08-21 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-10-12 Herman Arvie, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1970-12-12 Orlando Brown, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-01-30 Quentin Neujahr, American ice hockey player (Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns), born in Seward, Nebraska
  • 1971-02-12 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1971-02-19 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971-04-15 Rich McKenzie, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971-05-23 Issac Booth, NFL cornerback/safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971-08-31 Mike Caldwell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971-11-06 Derrick Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971-11-13 Craig Powell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1972-01-14 Michael Davis, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972-08-06 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1972-09-06 Eric Zeier, American NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1973-07-09 Kelly Holcomb, American football quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns), born in Fayetteville, Tennessee
  • 1977-07-31 Tim Couch, American NFL quarterback (#1 overall draft pick 1999, Cleveland Browns), born in Hyden, Kentucky
  • 1984-05-24 Brodney Pool, American football player (Cleveland Browns), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1984-10-27 Brady Quinn, American football quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos) and broadcaster (CBS Sports HQ, Fox Sports), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1984-12-04 Joe Thomas, American College Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle (University of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 2007-16, Cleveland Browns), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • 1990-02-12 Robert Griffin III, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2011, Baylor; NFL Pro Bowl 2012, Washington Redskins; Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1992-12-06 Johnny Manziel, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2012, Texas A&M; NFL: Cleveland Browns), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1995-04-14 Baker Mayfield, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2017, U of Oklahoma; 2018 NFL Draft #1 pick Cleveland Browns), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1997-08-22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1952-09-19 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 68
  • 1986-06-27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning

Person of interestPaul Brown

1991-08-05 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies of pneumonia at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 2007-11-27 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • 2012-09-06 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), dies from heart failure at 87 (b. 1925)
  • 2018-05-03 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89
  • 2018-09-11 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), dies of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • 2019-07-10 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), dies at 89
  • 2019-10-23 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • 2020-01-03 Pete Brewster, American football end & coach (NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 56; Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 89
  • 2020-04-05 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), dies at 84