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
  • 1946-12-22 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)
  • 1950-10-08 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)
  • 1950-12-03 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 12 punts
  • 1950-12-24 Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams 30-28 in NFL championship game
  • 1951-11-25 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • 1951-12-23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • 1952-12-28 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1953-10-25 Cleveland Browns' QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1953-12-27 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • 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
  • 1954-11-28 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 80-yard punt
  • 1954-12-26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
  • 1955-12-26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14
  • 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 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game

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 Cleveland Browns' Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts
  • 1959-11-01 Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Balt
  • 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)
  • 1963-01-07 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired
  • 1964-12-12 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes
  • 1964-12-27 Cleveland Browns beat Balt Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1966-01-02 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • 1968-12-29 Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-01-11 "The Drive" game: trailing Cleveland Browns 20-13 with 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game, Denver quarterback John Elway drives his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie, Broncos then win in overtime advancing to Super Bowl XXI

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1988-01-17 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 38-33
  • 1990-01-14 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21
  • 1992-08-24 Cleveland Browns suffer their worst preseason loss, 56-3, to Vikings
  • 1994-09-04 Cleveland Browns is 1st team in NFL to score a 2-point conversion
  • 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 Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland 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 Balt Ravens (Cleveland Browns) 1st NFL game, beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14
  • 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
  • 2017-12-31 Cleveland Browns become only the 2nd team in history to finish a NFL season without a win

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestPaul Brown

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

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1920-06-05 Marion Motley, AAFC, NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, AAFC, NFL guard (Cleveland Browns)

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 "The Toe" Groza, AAFC, NFL tackle, kicker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 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)
  • 1934-07-24 Willie Davis, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)

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

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

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

  • 1956-03-16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1962-08-29 Carl Banks, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants)
  • 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, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, 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, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964-08-03 Johnny Thomas, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 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, NFL punter/quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots)
  • 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, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 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, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1968-11-05 Bob Dahl, NFL guard (Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969-01-13 Dan Footman, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969-01-14 Rico Smith, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969-02-20 Tommy Vardell, El Cajon, California, American NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-03-15 Louis Riddick, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969-04-12 Michael Jackson, American football wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana
  • 1969-06-20 Gerald Dixon, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969-07-08 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969-10-03 Eddie Sutter, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 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)
  • 1970-04-05 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970-04-08 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1970-08-21 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-10-12 Herman Arvie, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1970-12-12 Orlando Brown, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971-01-06 Jed DeVries, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971-01-30 Quentin Neujahr, NFL center (Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns)
  • 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)
  • 1971-12-21 Ernest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1972-01-14 Michael Davis, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1972-07-31 Antonio Langham, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1972-08-06 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1972-09-06 Eric Zeier, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1997-08-22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1986-06-27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning

Person of interestPaul Brown

1991-08-05 Paul Brown, NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 2012-09-06 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), dies from heart failure at 87 (b. 1925)