Browns Countdown: Top 75 Moments | Cleveland Browns - clevelandbrowns.com
Meet the Panel
Marc Sessler is a writer and analyst for NFL Network and a member of The Around the NFL Podcast. He's also been a diehard Browns fan since 1986.
Tony Grossi has been writing and talking about the Browns on a regular basis since 1984 when he became the Browns beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He currently is Browns analyst for ESPN Cleveland and TheLandOnDemand.com and has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of selectors since 1998.
Mary Kay Cabot
Mary Kay Cabot has covered the Browns for more than 30 years for The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com, since way back when a young Bill Belichick was head coach. She was born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, and her dad was one of the biggest sports fans in all of Cleveland. She earned her journalism degree at Kent State University and embarked on this journey right out of college. Cabot is also a Browns analyst for WKYC-TV and a regular contributor on 92.3 The Fan and WTAM.
Jason Aikens is the Curator of the Pro Football Hall of Fame where he has served since 1997. He is responsible for the acquisition, documentation, exhibition and preservation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's historical collection. He is a frequent speaker on the history of professional football on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's digital and social media platforms and has made media appearances on several other platforms including NFL.com, Fox Sports, NPR and PBS and local TV and radio.
Andrew Siciliano is in his 10th season as an anchor/host at NFL Network. He hosts the network's daily afternoon news show NFL Now, the game day on-location TNF First Look, as well as live on-site coverage from the Super Bowl, Combine, league meetings and training camps. Siciliano has hosted DIRECTV's award-winning Red Zone Channel since helping its launch in 2005. Siciliano has been the preseason television play-by-play voice of the Rams since 2011. Also, he knows Rich Karlis missed the kick.
Andrew Gribble is a veteran sports journalist and author who has covered the Browns as a senior writer for ClevelandBrowns.com since 2014. A Cleveland native and Ohio University grad, Gribble spent six years in SEC country covering college football and basketball at Auburn (Opelika-Auburn News), Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel), and Alabama (AL.com) before coming home to Cleveland. He currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Digital Media with the Browns.
Top Moments - Articles
Top 75 Moments: No. 71 - Browns draft Baker Mayfield 1st overall in 2018
Mayfield led the Browns back to the playoffs in 2020 and is confident he can take the Browns even higher in coming seasons
Top 75 Moments: No. 75 - Hanford Dixon intercepts Terry Bradshaw 3 times in 1982 Browns win over Steelers
Dixon created one of the best defensive performances in franchise history on the same day he recorded his first career interception
Top Moments: No. 21 - Brian Sipe wins 1980 MVP
Sipe's unforgettable season was one of several elements that made 1980 special for Cleveland
Top Moments: No. 22 - Browns win all four AAFC championships from 1946-1949
The first era of Browns football still stands as one of the greatest dynasties in pro football history
Top Moments: No. 25 - Browns defeat Eagles in 1950 without throwing a single pass
In the 71 years since, no team has ever attempted to replicate the feat orchestrated by legendary coach Paul Brown
Top Moments: No. 27 - Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack become the NFL's 3rd running back duo to reach 1,000 yards
Byner and Mack entrenched themselves as two of the most celebrated running backs in franchise history by reaching 1,000 yards each in 1985
Top Moments: No. 30 - Browns win final game at Municipal Stadium
The Browns won 26-10 in a game full of emotions as Cleveland said goodbye to their long-lived football stadium and a temporary goodbye to their team
Top Moments: No. 35 - Bernie Kosar makes his NFL debut
After helping he Browns with a comeback win in his debut, Kosar built a nine-year career in Cleveland and became one of the most memorable quarterbacks in franchise history
Top Moments: No. 36 - Browns defeat Steelers 45-7 in 1950 for rivalry's first game in Cleveland
The Browns started their rivalry with the Steelers in 1950 with a resounding 45-7 blowout win in Cleveland
Top 75 Moments: No. 41 - Browns defeat Bills 34-30 in 1989 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Clay Matthews intercepted future Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly at the goal-line to seal the win on a frigid day at Cleveland Stadium
Top 75 Moments: No. 42 - Joe Thomas surpasses 10,000 consecutive snaps
Thomas surpassed the legendary mark early in 2017 and finished with a record of 10,363 snaps — which will almost certainly never be broken again in the NFL
Top 75 Moments: No. 44 - Browns snap 19-game winless streak behind debut of Baker Mayfield on Thursday Night Football
Baker Mayfield, the 2018 first overall pick, sparked Cleveland's offense on the primetime stage and helped bring Cleveland a long-awaited win
Top 75 Moments: No. 47 - Browns win 1st game of expansion era with Hail Mary in New Orleans
After a three-year wait and seven painful losses in their first season as an expansion team, the Browns found a way back in the win column with one of the most exciting plays in football
Top 75 Moments: No. 51 - Browns defeat Falcons to clinch 2002 playoff berth
A monster day from rookie running back William Green, a final-minute goal-line stop from the defense and some help elsewhere around the NFL powered the Browns to a long-awaited trip back to the playoffs
Top 75 Moments: No. 53 - Jerome Harrison, Josh Cribbs turn in historical performances in same 2009 game
Harrison broke the franchise's single-game rushing record set by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, while Cribbs delivered a two-touchdown performance that might've sealed him as the greatest returner of all time.
Top 75 Moments: No. 59 - Jim Brown scores 5 touchdowns in 1st game vs. Johnny Unitas
The Browns won 38-31 in one of Jim Brown's best games of his career
Top 75 Moments: No. 64 - Nick Chubb records longest run in franchise history
Chubb's 92-yard touchdown sprint in 2018 against the Falcons foreshadowed the dominance he continued to showcase the next two seasons
Top 75 Moments: No. 66 - Browns defeat Ravens for first time in franchise history
Two touchdowns from Tim Couch and seven sacks from the defense helped the Browns pummel the Ravens for the first time since the expansion team was brought back to Cleveland
Top 75 Moments: No. 70 - Phil Dawson, Browns survive 2007 snow game vs. Bills
Two field goals from Dawson were among the most important plays from an unforgettable snowy afternoon in Cleveland
Top Moments - Videos
Top 75 Moments: No. 13 - Browns Win 1954 NFL Championship
Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham threw three touchdowns and rushed for three more to surge the Browns to their second NFL Championship
Top 75 Moments: No. 14 - 'Dawg Pound' is created in Cleveland
Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield begin barking in practice — and ended up creating the identity and signature sound of the Cleveland Browns fanbase
Top 75 Moments: No. 15 - Browns Complete Perfect Season in 1948
Cleveland swept through all seven teams in the All-America Football Conference for a perfect 14-0 record and captured its third championship
Top 75 Moments: No. 16 - Browns Beat Jets In Double OT In 1986
The Browns scored 10 points in the final minutes of regulation to push the game into overtime and eventually win, 23-20, to push Cleveland to a conference championship game for the first time since 1969
Top 75 Moments: No. 17 - Browns Beat Jets In First Ever Monday Night Football Game
The Browns took down Joe Namath and the Jets in the NFL's first-ever Monday Night Football game on Sept. 21, 1970, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium
Top 75 Moments: No. 18 - 'Kardiac Kids' come to Cleveland in 1980
After 12 of 16 regular season games are decided by seven points or less, the 1980 Cleveland Browns are given the 'Kardiac Kids' nickname
Top 75 Moments: No. 19 - Jim Brown Breaks Single Season Rushing Record in 1958
Brown broke the NFL's single-season rushing record when he rushed for 152 yards in a 20-10 win against Washington on Nov. 16, 1958. Brown finished the game with 1,163 yards on the season and eclipsed the previous record from Steve Van Buren with 1,146 yards
Top 75 Moments: No. 20 - Jim Brown wins 1965 MVP
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown earned his fourth and final league MVP award in his last season of football
Top 10 Moments: Bill Willis and Marion Motley are signed to the Browns to re-integrate professional football for the first time since Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall in 1920
Among intense racial segregation across the country, the Browns signed Bill Willis and Marion Motley, two players who demanded respect with their play on the field and built legendary careers in Cleveland
Top 10 Moments: The Cleveland Browns are created with Head Coach Paul Brown in 1946, becoming charter members of the AAFC
The Browns, named after their first head coach in Paul Brown, officially arrive in Cleveland and join the AAFC, starting the first of many memorable eras of football in Cleveland.
Top 10 Moments: The Cleveland Browns return to the NFL in 1999
After watching the Browns relocate to Baltimore in 1995 and going three years without an NFL franchise, Cleveland welcomed the Browns back to the city as an expansion team, beginning a new era of football in Northeast Ohio.
Top 10 Moments: Browns win first AAFC Championship against the New York Yankees on December 22, 1946
In their inaugural season for the franchise, the Browns amassed a 12-2 record and defeated the Yankees for the first of four AAFC Championship wins.
Top 10 Moments: Cleveland Browns join NFL in 1950
After four years of dominating the AAFC with four championships from 1946-49, the Browns officially joined the NFL.
Top 10 Moments: The Browns draft Jim Brown from Syracuse in 1957
Cleveland selected Brown with the sixth overall pick of the 1957 draft, adding a player that brought nine historic seasons to Cleveland and still stands as one of the greatest football players of all time.
Top 10 Moments: Browns play first NFL game against the defending NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 16, 1950
The NFL felt the AAFC was inferior and looked down on the Cleveland Browns and other AAFC teams joining the league, but then the Browns shocked the world by defeating the Eagles 35-10.
Top 10 Moments: Browns win 1964 NFL Championship Game 27-0 against the Baltimore Colts
Frank Ryan passed for three touchdowns to Gary Collins while Jim Brown rushed for 114 yards to push the Browns to their fourth NFL Championship win and first since 1955.
Top 10 Moments: Browns win 1950 NFL Championship 30-28 against the LA Rams in their first year in the league
After dominating the AAFC with four championships in their first four years of existence, the Browns start strong in the NFL and win the league championship.
Top 10 Moments: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 in the playoffs for first playoff win since 1994
Baker Mayfield threw for three touchdowns while the Browns surged ahead with a historic 28-point first quarter to give Cleveland its first playoff win in over two decades
Top 75 Moments: No. 12 - Browns win 1955 NFL Championship Game 38-14 against the LA Rams in Otto Graham's final game
In the final game of his career, Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham recorded four touchdowns and carried the Browns to back-to-back NFL Championships.