The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team. They are based in Cleveland, Ohio. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The home field of the Cleveland Browns is FirstEnergy Stadium located in Cleveland. Currently, it has a seating capacity listed at 67,895
This franchise was founded in 1945 by Arthur B. McBride and Paul Brown, the great Coach, as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). They are the only team which is named after a specific person, and that is the original coach of their team, Paul Brown. The official colors of the team are brown, orange and white. They are the only NFL team without a helmet logo and thus serves as the Brown’s official logo. The mascot for Browns is Chomps, a Labrador but what delights the fans is Swagger who is the team’s official live animal and also a part of the Browns game day entertainment crew. Swagger is an iconic symbol in the NFL.
The Browns dominated the AAFC, compiling a 47-4-3 record in the league’s four active seasons and thereby winning the championship in each of them. After the 1949 season the AAFC folded, and thus the Browns joined the NFL. They joined along with San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts. The Browns then won a championship in the inaugural NFL season, as well as in the years 1954, 1955 and 1964. But from 1965 to 1995 the Browns made their playoffs 14 times, but they didn’t win any of the championships, nor they appeared in the Super Bowl.
Being a part of the Browns franchise since 1961, Art Modell completely took over the Cleveland Browns after the team was sold for a whopping $5,370,896 in today’s dollars. He became a prominent figure in helping to promote the NFL and also became initially famous for his active role in the community. But his controversial actions like firing the franchise’s first coach and namesake and also the plans to relocate the Browns to Baltimore made him the most hated men in Cleveland’s sports history.
The establishment of Baltimore Ravens was in retaliation to the dismissal of the relocation of Browns by the city of Cleveland and fans. But it cost the Cleveland Browns a suspension by the NFL in the year 1996. The deal was that either the Browns had to be relocated or expanded if wanted to resume their team in the games.
Later the Browns resumed their operations by expansion in 1999, but since then the Browns have struggled to find victory. They have managed only two winning seasons (in 2002 and 2007) one playoff appearance, and no playoff wins. The franchise has since then been noted for lack of stability with quarterbacks, having started 26 players in the position over past 18 seasons. Since 1999 to date, the Browns overall win-loss record is 88-200
The Cleveland Browns are having the rivalry with all three of its AFC North opponents. And in addition to that, the team had historical rivalries with the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, and Detriot Lions. Despite the Browns going all low, the team will always be remembered for Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Marion Motley and many others for their contributions to their team.