History

In 13 seasons with the Browns (1978-1990), Ozzie Newsome caught 662 passes. At the time of his retirement, that mark stood fourth among all NFL pass catchers, and tops among tight ends.

The Browns’ Lou Groza if the only player to lead the NFL in Field Goals five times (he did it five times between 1950 and 1957.)

Kicker Phil Dawson entered 2008 with a career accuracy rate of 82.7 % on field-goal tries (182 of 220). That ranked fourth among qualifiers in NFL history.

The 2007 Browns featured a pair of 1,000 yard pass catchers: wide receiver Braylon Edwards (1,289 yards) and tight end Kellen Winslow (1,106 yards.)

Speedy wide receiver Ray Renfro averaged 19.2 yards on his 281 catches from 1952 to 1963.

The Browns outscored the Bengals 35-31 in the second half of their 58-48 loss in 2004. That was the highest-scoring second half in a game in NFL history!

Twenty-four years before the Dolphins forged the NFL’s lone perfect season, the Browns had a perfect season in the AAFC. They went 14-0, then drubbed the Buffalo Bills 49-7 in the League Title game!

In a 32-25 loss to San Diego in 2006, Phil Dawson became the first player in Brown’s history to kick 6 field goals in a game.

Milt Plum is the highest-rated passer in Browns’ history. He compiled a rating of 89.9 from 1957 to 1961.

In 2007, tackle Joe Thomas became just the fourth rookie offensive lineman ever to earn a berth in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.

Frank Ryan set a club record (since tied) when he passed for 5 touchdowns in a 52-20 rout of the Giants that sent the Browns to the NFL Title game in 1964. Two weeks later, he had 2 scoring tosses as Cleveland beat Baltimore 27-0 for the Title!

The great Jim Brown was named the outstanding back in the Pro Bowl three times in his nine-season NFL career (1957-1965).

Brian Sipe passed for 23,713 yards and 154 touchdowns for the Browns from 1974 to 1983. Both of those marks still stand as club records!

The first Pro Bowl in its modern format was held following the 1950 season. The Browns’ Otto Graham was the player of the game that year as the American Conference beat the National Conference 28 – 27.

The Browns thrashed the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants 35-14 at Cleveland browns Stadium on a Monday night in week 6 of the 2008 season.

Entering 2008, all-purpose back Eric Mecalf (1989-1994) still ranked among the Browns Career Top 10 in rushing (10th), receiving (8th), kickoff-return yards (3rd) and punt-return yards (3rd.).

Joshua Cribbs’ 135 yards on punt returns in the 2007 season finale against San Francisco was the second-best single-game total in Browns’ history. The only higher mark: Eric Metcalf’s 166 yards against the steelers in 1993!

The Giants shut out the Browns 6-0 in Cleveland’s third NFL game in 1950. The Browns were not blanked again for 22 years!!! Their consecutive games scoring string of 274 was the longest in NFL history at the time!

Defensive end Carl Hairston posted 3 of the Browns’ NFL Postseason Record Tying 9 sacks in a 23-20 victory over the Jets in overtime in a 1986 Divisional Playoff.

In the 1950s, the Browns were known for their offense. But Cleveland also allowed the fewest points in the league for five consecutive seasons beginning in 1953. NO OTHER team has done that more than three years in a row.

In 2007, kicker Phil Dawson became the first player to surpass 100 points in a season four times in a Browns uniform.

Browns quarterbacks were sacked only 19 times in 2007. That equaled the third-fewest in the NFL that season and the third-fewest in club history.

Paul Warfield caught 271 passes including 52 for touchdowns, in two stints with Cleveland (1964-69 and 1976-77).

September 16, 1950: In their first regular-season game since joining the NFL, the Browns stunned the defending league-champion Eagles 35-10 in a game at Philadelphia. Otto Graham keyed the rout by passing for 3 touchdowns and rushing for another.

Paul Brown’s record in 13 NFL seasons as the Browns coach (1950-1962) was 115-49-5. Including Cleveland’s four AAFC years, his record was 166-53-8!

The Browns preserved a 24 – 16 victory over Atlanta in week 17 of 2002 with a goal-line stand in the final minutes. Coupled with events later in the day, that win put them in the playoffs for the first time since the rebirth of the franchise in 1999.

Jim Brown led the league in rushing five years in a row beginning in 1957. No one else has done it more than three years in succession (which Brown also accomplished beginning in 1963.)

The Browns’ Bernie Kosar in the only quarterback in NFL history to attempt more than 300 consecutive passe4s without throwing an interception. He had a string of 308 tosses without a theft in a span of the 1990 and 1991 seasons!

The Browns’ six consecutive appearances in the NFL Championship Game from 1950 to 1955 are a League record. (In addition Cleveland played in the AAFC Title game each year from 1946 to 1949.)

Before sending six players to the Pro Bowl in the 2007 season, the Browns had only one selection since rejoining the league in 1999. That all-star Jamir Miller (2001 season.)

Sixteen men whose primary contributions came with the Cleveland Browns have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (entering 2009). That’s the sixth-highest total among the 32 NFL franchises.

Otto Graham passed for more than 400 yards just one in an NFL game. It came against pittsburgh in 1952 when his 401 yards lifted the Browns to a 21-20 victory.

For the first time since the they returned to the NFL in 1999, the Browns did not punt in a game during their 34-14 rout of the Giants in week 6 of 2008.

On October 17, 2004, Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia teamed with wide receiver Andre Davis on a 99 yard touchdown pass during a 34-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Kicker Phil Dawson scored the first regular-season rushing touchdown for the New Browns when he ran 4 yards from a Field Goal formation in a game against Cincinnati on October 10, 1999.

Despite licking in to winds gusting 40 to 50 miles per hour, Dave Zastudil set a Brown’s single game mark (since records were first available in 1970) when he posted a net average of 52.8 yards on 5 punts against the steelers in week 2 of 2008!

he Browns intercepted 6 or quarterback Bobby Lane’s passes in their 56-10romp over Detroit in the 1954 NFL Title game.

On October 5, 1986 the Browns beat the steelers 27-24 to win at Three Rivers stadium for the first time after 16 losses there. The victory helped key a 12-3 season that carried Cleveland to the AFC Title game.

In just his 9th NFL game, Jim Brown set a league rushing record (since broken) by rushing for 237 yards in a 45-31 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in 1957.

On September 23, 2001; The Browns victimized Detroit quarterback Ty Detmer for 7 interceptions en route to a victory at Cleveland Browns staduim.

The Browns’ 35-14 rout of the Giants on a Monday night in week 6 of 2008 ended New York’s 11 game (including postseason) winning streak on the road.

September 21, 1970: The Browns hosted the First Monday night football game. Cleveland beat quarterback Joe Namath and the visiting Jets 31-21.

Sixteen men whose primary contributions came with the Cleveland Browns have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (entering 2009). That’s the sixth-highest total among the 32 NFL franchises.