With a reported 305,000 members worldwide, the Browns Backers might just be the hardiest fans in sports. You see, it’s not easy being a Cleveland Browns fan. The logo-less franchise is coming off an 0-16 season, after all, and has won just four football games in three years. Its last winning season came more than a decade ago, in 2007. But Browns Backers (especially those seated on the east end of FirstEnergy Stadium in the famed Dawg Pound) are, if anything, believers. They point to Cleveland’s 28 overall playoff appearances, 11 conference championships, and eight league titles, including the record five the team reeled off (AAFC/NFL) in the pre-Super Bowl years between 1946 and 1950. They may own the longest playoff drought in the NFL, but Cleveland Browns tickets are always in demand and the city of Cleveland continues to believe. Come join the staunchest supporters in football: grab your seats at StubHub.
CLEVELAND BROWNS TEAM INFO
Cleveland became only the second team in NFL history to go a winless 0-16 (joining the 2008 Detroit Lions) in 2017. But hope springs eternal for the Browns, whose quarterback carousel continues to spin. Gone are Johnny Football, RGIII and DeShone Kizer; Tyrod Taylor — who some feel is their most talented QB since the team rejoined the NFL in 1999 — has the starting job now. Third-year head coach Hue Jackson hopes Taylor, who played his college ball at Virginia Tech and was a backup to Joe Flacco during the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl run of 2012-13, can hit the ground running, as Cleveland shoots for a return to the .500 mark and beyond.
CLEVELAND BROWNS HISTORY
Formed as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference in 1946, the Browns — named after original coach Paul Brown — won four AAFC titles in as many years before jumping to the NFL. They promptly won NFL crowns in three of the next six years. Cleveland captured their last NFL championship in 1964, falling just short of qualifying for Super Bowls III and IV. Post-1970, the Browns have struggled often. A run of three AFC Championship game appearances in the 1980s, behind quarterback Bernie Kosar and coach Marty Schottenheimer, each ended in a loss to the Denver Broncos, sometimes in heartbreaking fashion. Reborn as an expansion franchise in 1999 after the original team moved to Baltimore three years earlier, the Browns have just two winning records in 19 seasons from that point.
CLEVELAND BROWNS HOME: FIRSTENERGY STADIUM
Opening in 1999 with the rebirth of the Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium was built on the same site as the franchise’s former home, Cleveland Municipal Stadium. (Fun trivia fact: concrete chunks from the old stadium were used to build an artificial reef in nearby Lake Erie). The venue seats 67,431 and hosts the Dawg Pound – Cleveland’s most rabid fans – in its eastern bleachers. Fans can park on site or take Cleveland’s RTA light-rail system to the West Third Street station.
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