The Cleveland Browns were founded by Paul Brown and businessman Arthur B. McBride as a charter member of the All-American Football Conference in 1945. The early days of the AAFC were dominated by the Browns as they racked up an impressive 47-4-3 record through the league’s four seasons. The Browns continued their dominance through the dissolution of the AAFC and joined up the NFL alongside the San Francisco 49’ers and the Baltimore Colts.
The club won their inaugural NFL season as well as the 1954, 1955, 1964 seasons. What’s more, they managed to pull off an unmatched feat by playing in their league championship game in each of the Browns’ first ten years of existence. However, the Browns weren’t able to maintain their upward trajectory much longer as they didn’t win another championship from 1965 to 1995 despite making the NFL playoffs 14 times.
Since 1999, the Browns have continually struggled to find success. They have had only one playoff appearance in 2002 and only three winning seasons in 2002, 2007, and 2020. Additionally, there have been no playoff wins and winning less than one-third of their games in totality. What’s more, the front office hasn’t seen much stability either with multiple Head Coaching changes since 1999 (10 full time and two interim).
The Cleveland Browns have improved on their 6-10 season from 2019 going 11-5 in 2020 and placed third in the AFC North. The franchise went on to win the Wild Card round by upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers winning out 48-37.
However, they went on to lose the divisional playoffs to the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs 17-22.
The 1970s saw the Browns use their orange helmet as the logo with a facemask. In 1986, the franchise went for a dramatic overhaul that saw a more 3-D helmet model and an updated facemask. Some of the shadows were removed from the logo and the angle was altered in 1993.
Since 1999, the Browns have made quite a few changes to their logos. After the 2005 season, the team made a slight adjustment to the orange color of the helmet and to the grey facemask. A more recent iteration of the Cleveland Browns identity came in the form of a ‘safety’ orange-colored helmet.
Jimmy Arthur Haslam III is a sports executive who is the co-owner of the Cleveland Browns alongside his wife Dee Haslam. Additionally, he’s the CEO of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain. His father, Jim Haslam founded the Pilot Corporation in 1958 as the Pilot Oli Corporation.
Furthermore, Haslam bought a minority interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, and in 2012 he went on to purchase the Cleveland Browns for $1 billion. Forbes magazine valued the Browns at $977 million in 2011. The NFL rules prohibit ownership of multiple teams so Haslam sold his interest in the Steelers.
FirstEnergy Corp comes out as the naming rights sponsor of the Cleveland Browns. Arby’s Foundation had a tie-up with the Browns foundation wherein 520 students in need received free WiFi for one year to help a student who is engaged in their education and remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Browns also have a deal with Splash Financial with a goal to help fans save money on their student loans. Moreover, Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS), a leading Cleveland based provider of merchant services and payment processing solutions. Through the partnership, EMS and the Browns have hosted the annual toy drive to benefit thousands of local kids during the holiday season.
|Quarterbacks||5. Case Keenum |
6. Baker Mayfield
|Running backs||24. Nick Chubb |
27. Kareem Hunt
31. Andy Janovich
30. D’Ernest Johnson
|Wide receivers||18. Marvin Hall |
83. Alexander Hollins
|Tight ends||89. Stephen Carlson |
81. Austin Hooper
85. David Njoku
|Offensive linemen||75. Joel Bitonio |
78. Jack Conklin
68. Michael Dunn
53. Nick Harris
70. Kendall Lamm
77. Wyatt Teller
64. J.C. Tretter
71. Jedrick Wills
|Defensive linemen||94. Adrian Clayborn |
90. Jordan Elliott
95. Myles Garrett
97. Porter Gustin
91. Joe Jackson
65. Larry Ogunjobi
98. Sheldon Richardson
96. Vincent Taylor
54. Oliver Vernon
|Linebackers||55. Tae Davis |
52. Elijah Lee
56. Malcolm Smith
44. Sione Takitaki
51. Mack Wilson
|Defensive backs||34. Robert Jackson |
28. Kevin Johnson
39. Terrance Mitchell
35. Jovante Moffatt
29. Sheldrick Redwine
36. M.J. Stewart
20. Tavierre Thomas
37. Tedric Thompson
21. Denzel Ward
|Special teams||7. Jamie Gillian |
47. Charley Hughlett
2. Cody Parkey
Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam has served as an honorary chair for several community campaigns including Anderson Media Corporation, United Way of Greater Knoxville, National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO), and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. What’s more, the franchise has a ‘Hats off to our Heroes’ campaign wherein all team proceeds go to the ‘HotoH’ fund.
The ‘Be the Solution’ campaign sees Andrew Berry provide Brown’s staff with an opportunity to turn words into action in the fight against racial injustice. The Cleveland Browns Foundation is also dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Ohio by making investments by keeping kids engaged in school.
|CEO (s)||Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner, Ray Farmer|
|Head Coach||Kevin Stefanski|
|Sponsors||Splash Financial, FirstEnergy Corp, ManCan, Electronic Merchant Systems, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby’s|
|Championships||League championships (8) |
AAFC Championships (4)
1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
NFL Championships (4)
1950, 1954, 1955, 1964
Conference championships (11)
NFL American: 1950, 1951, 1952
NFL Eastern: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969
Division championships (12)
AAFC Western: 1946, 1947, 1948
NFL Century: 1967, 1968, 1969
AFC Central: 1971, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
|Official Website||Cleveland Browns- www.clevelandbrowns.com|