The Cleveland Browns are an American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1946, the team plays in the North American division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Browns are among the most historic teams in the NFL, with a tradition of success and a passionate fan base. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Browns were one of the most dominated teams in the NFL. They have won four NFL titles and have been to the championship five times. The team was led by coach Paul Brown and had players of great importance, such as Jim Brown and Otto Graham. The team has been fundamentally tied to Cleveland's sporting identity.
In the years since, the Browns have gone through a number of rough patches. After a successful period in the 1980s and 1990s, the team struggled to achieve winning results. However, in recent years, the Browns have returned to prominence under the leadership of head coach Kevin Stefanski and quarterback Baker Mayfield. In 2020, the Browns reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002, sparking excitement among fans hoping for a return to their former glory.