About Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The team is a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Its home stadium is Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Businessman Arthur B. “Mickey” McBride founded the Browns in the 1940s as a franchise in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Paul Brown, the team’s namesake, was its first coach. Under his watch, the Browns won the AAFC championship in all four years of its existence and continued to rank among football’s elite after the league merged into the NFL in 1950. In the team’s inaugural NFL season, the Browns won the NFL championship. The Browns also won championships in 1954, 1955 and 1964, led by hall of fame players Otto Graham and Jim Brown.
When the NFL and the rival American Football League (AFL) merged before the 1970 season, the Browns moved to the newly created AFC, which otherwise comprised former AFL teams. The Browns had some success in the 1970s and 1980s, reaching the AFC championship game three times.