When you “win” a trade in the NFL, by acquiring more talent than you surrendered, it is a good accomplishment for your franchise. When the other team in the trade is one of your greatest rivals, the accomplishment makes you feel even better. The trade acquisition of quarterback Bill Nelsen by the Cleveland Browns in 1968 was a successful transaction for the … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Bill Nelsen (Complete Story)
Cleveland Browns History
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An archive of historical reading for the Cleveland Browns franchise. We cover all historical aspects of the team from their inception to today in history.
NFL teams acquire players by the draft, by free agency, and by trade. Trades can be the riskiest form of player acquisition, as you generally have to surrender players to acquire a new player by trade. One of the best trades in Cleveland Browns history was the team’s acquisition of Don Paul. In exchange for two players who had lesser NFL careers, the Browns … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Don Paul (Complete Story)
Most NFL general managers will tell you that one of the keys to a successful draft comes in the later rounds. If you can find one or more “diamonds in the rough” at the end of a draft, your draft is likely to be considered a success. One such “diamond in the rough” for the Cleveland Browns was Ben Davis. Although 438 names were called in the 1967 NFL draft … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Ben Davis (Complete Story)
When the Cleveland Browns franchise began play in 1946, they were loaded with talent. Quarterback Otto Graham paced the team along with running back Marion Motley and receivers Mac Speedie and Dante Lavelli. This unit rolled through the 1940’s and early 50’s, winning numerous championships and never posting a losing record. However, even though Jim Brown led … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Paul Warfield (Complete Story)
As exciting as expansion can be in pro sports, it is usually a period of growing pains for the team itself. “Gifted” with cast-offs from other organizations and forced to try and build through the draft, many expansion teams take years to develop a core group. Case in point, the 1999 Cleveland Browns returned after a three year absence from the league. It … [Read more...] about The Life And Career Of Otto Graham (Complete Story)