The city of Cleveland has endured a complicated journey in professional football. A look at the Top 5 Cleveland Browns of all time illustrates some of the franchise’s highs and lows. Today’s lovable losers were yesteryear’s powerhouse. The Cleveland Browns were perennial championship contenders with some of the game’s best players.
Fans have not had much to cheer for in recent seasons. In spite of big names on the current roster, Ohio sportsbooks aren’t pricing the Browns among the Super Bowl favorites. FanDuel Sportsbook saddles the Browns with +2400 odds to win the Super Bowl. DraftKings Sportsbook, meanwhile, prices the Browns even longer at +3000.
Running back Nick Chubb and defensive end Myles Garrett are two of the Browns’ current stars. They fall outside of the Cleveland Browns’ top 5 players for now. However, each has time to improve his odds of crashing similar lists in the future.
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Top 5 Offensive Players In Cleveland Browns History
No. 5 Joe Thomas, LT
Thomas was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin. He went on to play his entire 11-year career as the left tackle of the Cleveland Browns. He earned six All-Pro nods and was voted to 10 Pro Bowls. It’s often said that “the best ability is availability”, and Thomas played 16 games in each of his first 10 seasons.
No. 4 Lou Groza, LT/K
Groza, nicknamed “The Toe” played for the Browns from 1946-1967 after attending Ohio State and serving in World War II. He was named All-Pro four times and remains the franchise’s career scoring leader. Groza played before the creation of the Super Bowl, but he served a vital role in four Cleveland Browns championships.
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No. 3 Ozzie Newsome, TE
Newsome is one of the best players in Browns history, standing as the franchise’s career receiving leader (receptions, yards). He earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and one All-Pro bid en route to his 1999 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. After a wonderful career in Cleveland, Newsome eventually became one of the biggest forces working against Cleveland. He joined the Browns’ front office after his playing days and moved to Baltimore with the franchise after the 1995 season. Newsome continues to contribute to the success of the Baltimore Ravens, often at the expense of the Browns, who returned to the city as an expansion team in 1999.
No. 2 Otto Graham, QB
Graham makes a quality case for the best quarterback of his time. He produced gaudy statistics in a run-heavy era — he’s still the franchise’s second-leading passer. More impressively, Graham made a habit of winning. He led the Browns to seven NFL championships in 10 tries. His career includes seven All-Pro seasons, three MVP awards, and a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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No. 1 Jim Brown, RB
Brown tops the list of the best Browns offensive players of all time, he remains one of the game’s best to ever take the field. Brown averaged 104.3 rushing yards per game for his career, a figure that ranks No. 1 all-time. He paced the league in rushing yards in eight seasons, earning an All-Pro bid in each of them. Brown entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, a fitting cap to his illustrious career.