Cleveland Browns, American expert field football crew situated in Cleveland that plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Browns have won four NFL titles (1950, 1954–55, 1964) and four All-America Football Conference (AAFC) titles (1946–49).
The Browns were established in 1946 and, as the consequence of a fan challenge to pick their moniker, were named after their first head mentor, Paul Brown, who was at that point a well known figure in Ohio, having instructed the Ohio State University to a national university football title. The Browns were initially individuals from the AAFC and won the alliance title in every one of the four years of the AAFC's presence. The most outstanding of these title-winning groups was the 1948 squad, which went 15–0 to turn into the main undefeated group in sorted out proficient football history. The Browns were incorporated into the NFL alongside two other previous AAFC groups in 1950, and—regardless of the overall desires—they kept on having achievement in the new alliance. The Browns' first game in the NFL was a representative 35–10 triumph over the shielding champion Philadelphia Eagles. The early long periods of Browns football were characterized by the excellent play of quarterback Otto Graham and the imaginative training of Brown, the two individuals from the Hall of Fame, who guided the group to 10 divisional titles in its initial 10 years and seven titles between the two alliances. These early Browns groups additionally highlighted Lou ("The Toe") Groza, a kicker and hostile lineman, and Marion Motley, a wounding running back who was one of the principal African Americans to play proficient football.
In 1957 Cleveland drafted Syracuse University running back Jim Brown, who might set each major NFL hurrying record during his nine-year vocation and addition the status of potentially the best football player ever. Cleveland's arrangements to match Brown in the backfield with another momentous running again from Syracuse, Ernie Davis, champ of the 1961 Heisman Trophy, came to nothing when Davis contracted leukemia and never made an appearance for the Browns. Nevertheless, Brown helped the group achieve four alliance title amusements, one of which they won (1964). Cleveland progressed to the NFL gathering title game twice in the five seasons after he resigned in 1966, however the Browns went into their first delayed time of average quality during the 1970s, from which they developed quickly in the 1980 season because of the successive a minute ago heroics of a group named the Kardiac Kids.
Quarterback and Ohio local Bernie Kosar was drafted in 1985 and drove the Browns to five appearances in the playoffs in his initial five years in the group. The Browns lost two critical AFC title diversions to John Elway and the Denver Broncos during this range, every one of which is recollected by Browns fans by an epithet portraying the very late occasions in charge of Cleveland's defeat: "The Drive" (1987) and "The Fumble" (1988). The mid-1980s additionally observed the coming of the Dawg Pound, an area of the end-zone grandstands of the group's home arena where an unruly gathering of regularly costumed fans sat, setting the picture of Browns supporters as the absolute most vocal and dedicated fans in the NFL.
The 1990s brought a lot darker occasions for the Browns. Proprietor Art Modell—who had been losing cash for quite a long time on account of a negative arena rent with the city—arranged a move that sent the group to Baltimore in 1996, breaking the hearts of Cleveland's numerous steadfast fans and stunning numerous football onlookers across the nation. The NFL masterminded to keep the Browns' name, logo, hues, and history in Cleveland, and the class guaranteed the city another group sooner rather than later. Cleveland was without an establishment until 1999, when nearby specialist Al Lerner bought a development group that accepted the Browns' name, outfits, and history.
The extension Browns earned a playoff appearance in 2002 (a misfortune to the adversary Pittsburgh Steelers) yet before long moved toward becoming by numerous includes the most exceedingly terrible establishment in the NFL, counting 12 seasons with twofold digit misfortunes in the 14 years following that postseason billet while spinning through various administration and instructing routines all the while. The establishment bottomed out in 2017 by turning into the second group in NFL history (after the 2008 Detroit Lions) to complete a season with a 0–16 record. After a mid-season training change, in 2018 the Browns experienced an empowering turnaround behind the play of newbie quarterback Baker Mayfield, who drove the group to its best record in over 10 years (7–8–1).