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Green hooks up with Hunt, Connor knocks him out of bounds 15 yards downfield.

Justin Green is named the MVP of Super Bowl LXVIII!

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Scott offtackle right, Connor stops him after a 7-yard gain. First down just outside the 10-yard line, timeout Bucs with 43 seconds to play.

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Justin Green was 15-26 for 205 yards and 3 TDs. Andre Johnson was 17-23 for 271 yards and 3 TDs.

Andy Scott had 20 carries for 100 yards and 1 TD. Kelvin Casey had 11 for 4 yards.

Lloyd Nelson led the Browns with 7 catches for 94 yards and 1 TD. Leslie Albright led the Buccaneers with 7 for 156 yards and 1 TD, William Collins had 6 for 81 yards and 1 TD.

Marco Sanders had 5 pancake blocks.

Cleveland was led by Ed Wilson with 6 tackles, Cornelius Schroeder had 5. Tampa Bay was led by Joe Doeberling with 7, Marc Connor had 5.

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According to my numbers:

Regular season record: 470-10 (.979)

Playoff record: 73-11 (.869)

Super Bowl record: 19-7 (.731)

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Here are the stats of some key contributors on the 2033 roster:

QB Justin Green was our first-round pick in 2019. After backing up the legendary Boomer Portis his first two seasons, he took over as the starter in 2021 made the Pro Bowl every year for the next 13 years (2021-'33). He was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player seven times (2025, '27-'30, '32-'33) and the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year twice (2028, '32). He was selected as the NFL's Best QB nine times (2024-'30, '32-'33), and the AFC's Best QB two more times (2022, '31). For his 15-year career, he completed 3,977 of 6,586 passes for 44,073 yards with 355 TDs and 217 interceptions in 236 games (209 starts).

RB Jim Molinari was our second-round pick in 2022. He quickly moved into the starting lineup and earned seven Pro Bowl bids (2023-'28, '30). He was chosed as the NFL's Best RB three times (2024, '26, '30), and the AFC's Best RB one other time (2025). He won three NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards (2024, '26-'27), and in 2024 was the AFC's Most Valuable Player. In his 12-year career, he had 2,637 carries for 9,869 yards and 87 TDs and caught 222 passes for 1,693 yards and 8 TDs in 179 games (106 starts).

RB Andy Scott was our second-round pick in 2026. He was stuck behing Jim Molinari for his first few year, but he has made the Pro Bowl twice (2032-'33). In 2033, he was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and the NFL's Best RB. He was chosen the AFC's Best RB the previous year (2032). In his 8-year career, he has 1,387 carries for 5,178 yards and 36 TDs and caught 98 passes for 909 yards and 6 TDs in 114 games (54 starts).

FB Kendrick Johnson was our first-round pick in 2024. He was stuck behind the legendary Bradley Kelly, but eventually made his way into the starting lineup. Once there, he was selected to the Pro Bowl six times (2027-'28, '30-'33). In his 10-year career, he has 310 carries for 656 yards and 1 TD and caught 108 passes for 589 yards and 4 TDs in 113 games (84 starts).

WR Bullet McIntyre was our second-round pick in 2021. After winning the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2021, he was eventually selected for seven consecutive Pro Bowls (2026-'32). He was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice (2029-'30) and the AFC Offensive Player of the Year once (2031). He was tabbed the NFL's Best WR three times (2028-'30) and the AFC's Best WR on two other occasions (2027, '31). In his 13-year career, he caught 851 passes for 11,653 yards and 125 TDs in 206 games (177 starts).

WR Lloyd Nelson was our first pick in the 2028 draft. He eventually worked his way into the starting lineup, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2032, when he was also named the NFL's Best WR. In his 6-year career, he has 298 catches for 3,413 yards and 36 TDs in 94 games (62 starts).

WR Will Hunt was our fourth-round pick in 2026, and quickly became one of the best return specialists in the league. In 2033 he moved into the starting lineup and was named the NFL's Best WR. He also added his fifth Pro Bowl bid (2026-'28, '30, '32-'33). In his 8-year career, he has 301 catches for 3,984 yards and 34 TDs in 119 games (20 starts).

TE Victor Spriggs was our first-round pick in 2025, but was stuck behind Marquez Tucker. He eventually made his way into the starting lineup and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice (2030-'31). In his 9-year career, he has 86 catches for 720 yards and 3 TDs in 144 games (50 starts).

TE Chuck Nelson joined the Browns in 2031 after three years in Buffalo. After backing up Victor Spriggs in 2031, he moved into the starting lineup and has made two trips to the Pro Bowl (2032-'33). In 3 seasons with Cleveland, he has 59 catches for 472 yards and 3 TDs.

LT Marco Sanders was our fourth-round pick in 2032, and moved into the starting lineup immediately. He made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2033. In two seasons, he has made 63 pancake blocks while allowing jst 13 sacks in 32 games (32 starts).

LG Rich Irving, our first-round pick in 2021, was a long-time backup to Paul Hampton, but once he made his way into the starting lineup, he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2030. In 13 seasons, he has made 284 pancake blocks while allowing 49 sacks in 124 games (81 starts).

C Champ Taylor was our sixth-round pick in 2023, backing up Chris Golston for several years. Since moving into the starting lineup, he's been voted to five Pro Bowls (2028-'30, '32-'33), and has been named the NFL's Best OL twice (2029, '32). In 11 years, he has made 454 pancake blocks and allowed 73 sacks in 105 games (91 starts).

RG Chad Reid was our second-round pick in 2025, and studied under Tremain Wilkinson his first few seasons. Once in the starting lineup, he has earned five straight Pro Bowl nominations (2029-'33), and was named the NFL's Best OL in 2031. In his 9-year career, he's made 373 pancake blocks and allowed 52 sacks in 101 games (97 starts).

RT Kevin McPherson was our first-round pick in 2022, and started right away. He's been tabbed as the NFL's Best OL twice (2026, '33), and was selected to ten Pro Bowls (2022-'27, '30-'33). In 12 seasons, he's made 602 pancake blocks and allowed only 60 sacks in 191 games (191 starts).

LE Brian Knight, our third-round pick in 2028, has been in the starting lineup the past two years, and looks like a future Pro Bowler. in 6 years, he has 19 sacks and 142 tackles in 84 games (30 starts).

RE Ryan Bowden was our first-round pick in 2020. He would go on to make five Pro Bowls (2022, '25, '28-'30), and was named the AFC's Best DL in 2029. In 14 seasons, he's made 76 sacks and 591 tackles in 223 games (161 starts).

RE Roderick Haley, our second-round pick in 2027, is the successor to Ryan Bowden. In just four seasons as a starter, he's already been selected to three Pro Bowls (2031-'33). In his 7-year career, he's made 36 sacks and 246 tackles in 109 games (65 starts).

DT Derrick Rose was our first pick in the 2017 draft, and he moved right into the starting lineup. He teamed with Sammy Bonds to terrorize QBs for the next decade. He was chosed as the NFL's Best DL three times (2022, '24, '28), and the AFC's Best DL one other time (2032). He has been chosen for ten Pro Bowls (2017-'19, '21-'22, '24-'25, '28, '30, '32). For his 17-year career, he has recorded 153 sacks and 1,188 tackles in 269 games (269 starts).

DT Jason Moes was our sixth-round pick in 2019, and he soon proved his worth backing up both Sammy Bonds and Derrick Rose. Moes eventually made his way into the starting lineup and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2026, when he was also named the AFC's Best DL. In his 15-year career, he has made 52 sacks and 356 tackles in 195 games (115 starts).

DT Otis Foley was our first-round pick in the 2033 draft. He was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year and the NFL's Best DL, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in his first year. It seems like he'd have a long and prosperous career ahead of him. In one season, he has 11 sacks and 49 tackles in 16 games (16 starts).

LOLB Cornelius Schroeder was our second-round pick in 2024. He moved into the starting lineup his second year. He has earned two trips to the Pro Bowl (2028, '31), and in 2028 was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL's Best LB. In his 10-year career, he's made 718 tackles, 46 sacks, and 20 interceptions in 155 games (139 starts).

MLB DeRon Powell was our second-round pick in 2028, and he moved right into the starting lineup. He was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2028, and has been selected to the Pro Bowl all six years he's been in the league (2028-'33). In his 6-year career, he has 550 tackles, 20 sacks, and 6 interceptions in 96 games (96 starts).

ROLB Cedric Campbell, our fifth-round pick in 2023, has started the past three seasons since The Zman retired. While not earning any postseason honors, he's been a solid player. In 11 seasons, he's made 332 tackles, 16 sacks, and 7 interceptions in 162 games (48 starts).

CB Darrin Lops, our first-round pick in 2029, moved right into the starting lineup, and was slected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie (2029). In 5 seasons, he's made 16 interceptions and 159 tackles in 80 games (80 starts).

CB Ed Wilson, our second-round pick in 2029, has not had as much success as Darrin Lops, but he is developing into a good player. In 5 seasons, he's made 7 interceptions and 114 tackles in 64 games (48 starts).

FS Herman Helly, our fifth-round pick in 2022, has either started or been the top reserve at both safety positions his whole career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2032. In 12 seasons, he's made 31 interceptions and 350 tackles in 187 games (91 starts).

FS Marty Fitzgerald, our fourth-round pick in 2025, has been a solid contributor on both defense and special teams. In 9 seasons, he's made 13 interceptions and 186 tackles in 144 games (64 starts).

K Fred O'Neal was our fifth-round pick in 2025. While he struggled early in his career (particularly in the postseason), he has become the best kicker in the league, earning two Pro Bowl bids (2031, '33). In 9 seasons, he's made 262 of 355 field goals and 415 of 423 extra points in 138 games.

P Jamie Barry signed with the Browns in 2027 after three seasons with Kansas City. He too struggled early, but was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2031. In 7 seasons with Cleveland, he's punted 507 times for 22,136 yards.

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In future years:

- A QB of the future would be needed soon. Justin Green has at most two years left. At that point, Mo Rivera will be past his prime. Lloyd Smith would be 29, a little late to be just moving into the starting lineup.

- At RB, Andy Scott has about three years left before he begins to decline. Since he's the youngest RB on the roster, a suitable replacement would need to be found.

- FB Kendrick Scott will be 33 next season, so a replacement would also be needed there.

- At WR, Bullet McIntyre would be retiring soon, but Lloyd Nelson, Will Hunt, and Toby Trapp are all under 30. Michael Harris is just 25 and would likely improve rapidly with increased playing time.

- TE Chuck Nelson is just 25 and getting better every year. He's not the fastest TE we've had, but he'd do for several more years.

- On the offensive line, LT Marco Sanders is just 22, and RG Chad Reid is 29, so they seem set for a long time. LG Rich Irving will be 36 next year, but Harry Hicks will be ready to move into the starting lineup. C Champ Taylor is 33 and will soon need to be replaced, but two capable players are already on the roster. James Patterson is 4 years younger than Jameel Castorani. and yould likely get the nod. At RT, Kevin McPherson is beginning to decline, but he's still good enough to play for 4-5 more years. Larry Dillon would be his successor.

- Youth is already being served on the defensive line. LE Brian Knight is 27 and RE Roderick Haley is 28 ... but there's little depth behind them. DT Derrick Rose would likely retire this offseason, with Jason Moes calling it a career a season or two later. Obviously, Otis Foley would be a perennial Pro Bowler, and Jermane Brandt would do if nothing better came along.

- At linebacker, LOLB Cornelius Schroeder will be 32 next year, and ROLB Cedric Campbell will be 33. We do not have speedy replacements on the roster for them. If nothing else, MLB DeRon Powell would move to the outside and Rob Wilkinson would start in the middle.

- We're pretty much set at CB for the forseeable future. At age 27, Darrin Lops is at least 2 years older than all our other cornerbacks. Joining him are four 99-speed guys, including the hulking 6'4" rookie Kyle du Plessis. I wish I had the opportunity to see him develop during his career.

- Safety was getting to be an area of concern. Lamar Platt is not the long-term answer at SS, and our youngest FS, Marty Fitzgerald, will be 32 next year. This is a definite need area in the near future.

- K Fred O'Neal turns 30 next season ... which means he's got about two years left before his leg strength starts to fade. Hopefully we'd find someone who wasn't as big of a "project" as he was when we drafted him.

- P Jamie Barry turns 33 in the offseason, so he would need to be replaced soon.

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And now, to wrap things up, it's time to name the all-franchise team!

The greatest players at each position will be named, conforming to the minimum roster requirements.

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QB: minimum of 2

QB Boomer Portis (2005-'20): 5,015-8,053 for 56,780 yards with 457 TDs and 220 interceptions; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year; 7-time NFL Most Valuable Player; 2-time AFC MVP; 3-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year; 2-time AFC Offensive Player of the Year; 7-time NFL's Best QB; 2-time AFC's Best QB; 16 Pro Bowls

QB Justin Green (2019-'33): 3,997-6,586 for 44,073 yards with 355 TDs and 217 interceptions; 7-time NFL Most Valuable Player; 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year; 9-time NFL's Best QB; 2-time AFC's Best QB; 13 Pro Bowls

Portis started every game he played, and was selected to the Pro Bowl every year of his career. Green was his replacement, and was nearly as good. He made the Pro Bowl every year he started.

Portis gets the nod as the all-franchise QB in part because of his higher completion percentage and significantly lower interception rate.

Others considered: none. Jeff Garcia was our starter in 2004 and lead the team to the Super Bowl, but was quickly replaced by Portis. He did make the Pro Bowl that year, meaning our starting QB was voted to the Pro Bowl all 30 years of the franchise.

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RB: minimum of 3

RB Michael Bennett (2005-'11): 1,743 carries for 7,954 yards and 61 TDs; 141 catches for 1,367 yards and 6 TDs; AFC Most Valuable Player; NFL Offensive Player of the Year; NFL's Best RB; 5 Pro Bowls

RB Doughboy Deluxe (2006-'16): 2,217 carries for 8,191 yards and 69 TDs; 160 catches for 1,305 yards and 6 TDs; AFC's Best RB; 3 Pro Bowls

RB Jermane Jackson (2014-'25): 2,168 carries for 7,619 yards and 57 TDs; 256 catches for 2,364 yards and 9 TDs; 3-time NFL's Best RB; AFC's Best RB; 4 Pro Bowls

RB Jim Molinari (2022-'33): 2,637 carries for 9,869 yards and 87 TDs; 222 catches for 1,693 yards and 8 TDs; AFC Most Valuable Player; 3-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year; 3-time NFL's Best RB; AFC's Best RB; 7 Pro Bowls

The lineage of Browns RBs is evident above. All told, Cleveland placed a RB in the Pro Bowl 21 times in 30 seasons.

As the leader in rushing yards and rushing TDs, Molinari gets the nod as the all-franchise RB. He narrowly edges out Bennett, who averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry with the Browns. Jackson gets some consideration as the 3rd-down back, as the leader in all receiving categories among RBs.

Others considered: RB Andy Scott started the final two years and made the Pro Bowl both times, and also has NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL's Best RB awards to his credit.

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FB: minimum of 1

FB Bradley Kelly (2017-'29): 1,036 carries for 2,473 yards and 3 TDs; 330 catches for 1,604 yards and 7 TDs; 8 Pro Bowls

Kelly was a dominant force in the backfield, and was the clear choice for the all-franchise FB.

Others considered: FB Kendrick Johnson was selected to 6 Pro Bowls.

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WR: Minimum of 4

WR Andre Davis (2002-'08): 380 catches for 5,388 yards and 54 TDs; NFL Offensive Player of the Year; NFL's Best WR; 2 Pro Bowls

WR Winston Smith (2005-'18): 888 catches for 11,698 yards and 113 TDs; NFL's Best WR; 2-time AFC's Best WR; 8 Pro Bowls

WR Donta Hasty (2010-'19): 596 catches for 8,389 yards and 72 TDs; NFL's Best WR; 7 Pro Bowls

WR Mister Phoenix (2011-'24): 733 yards for 10,370 yards and 99 TDs; AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year; NFL Offensive Player of the Year; 2-time NFL's Best WR; 3 Pro Bowls

WR Bullet McIntyre (2021-'33): 851 catches for 11,653 yards and 125 TDs; AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year; 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year; AFC Offensive Player of the Year; 3-time NFL's Best WR; 2-time AFC's Best WR; 7 Pro Bowls

Once again, the tradition of great receivers is evident here. Browns receivers combined for 42 Pro Bowls.

Smith & McIntyre are the all-franchise WRs, as both averaged more than 63 catches per year and caught more than 110 TDs.

Others considered: Lloyd Nelson and Will Hunt were each named the NFL's Best WR. Nelson had 1 Pro Bowl and Hunt had 5. Tony Gamble made the Pro Bowl 6 times, and Igno Ramus did twice.

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TE: minimum of 2

TE Ben Watson (2009-'16): 411 catches for 3,556 yards and 22TDs; 4 Pro Bowls

TE Marquez Tucker (2018-'30): 598 catches for 4,087 yards and 23 TDs; 11 Pro Bowls

Watson was more of a pure receiver than Tucker, averaging more yards per catch and more catches per year. But Tucker gets the nod as the all-franchise TE based on the overall excellence that earned him 11 Pro Bowls.

Others considered: Kellen Winslow, Victor Spriggs, and Chuck Nelson were selected to 2 Pro Bowls each. Winslow was one of the last cuts; he selflessly moved to H-back so that we could get both him & Watson on the field at the same time, and still produced good numbers.

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OT: Minimum of 4

LT Angry Hulk (2005-'21): 440 pancake blocks; 72 sacks allowed; 4 Pro Bowls

RT Ryan Tucker (2002-'10): 338 pancake blocks; 42 sacks allowed; NFL's Best OL; AFC's Best OL; 6 Pro Bowls

RT Wendell Richart (2016-'31): 651 pancake blocks; 82 sacks allowed; 3-time NFL's Best OL; 11 Pro Bowls

RT Kevin McPherson (2022-'33): 602 pancake blocks; 60 sacks allowed; 2-time NFL's Best OL; 10 Pro Bowls

The right side of the line tends to get more pancake blocks than the left, and thus wins most of the honors. Richart & McPherson will be the all-franchise OTs.

Others considered: LT Vaughn Kirby was selected to 3 Pro Bowls; LT Marco Sanders only played the last two seasons, but has already made a Pro Bowl. He's averaging nearly 6 more pancake blocks per year than any other LT we've had.

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OG: Minimum of 4

LG Paul Hampton (2017-'30): 440 pancake blocks; 87 sacks allowed; 2 Pro Bowls

RG John Van Biesbrouck (2005-'21): 798 pancake blocks; 115 sacks allowed; 3-time NFL's Best OL; 2-time AFC's Best OL; 10 Pro Bowls

RG Tremain Wilkinson (2013-'28): 661 pancake blocks; 89 sacks allowed; 5-time NFL's Best OL; 8 Pro Bowls

RG Chad Reid (2025-'33): 373 pancake blocks; 52 sacks allowed; NFL's Best OL; 5 Pro Bowls

Once again, we see the right side of the line getting the most honors, so the all-franchise OGs are Wilkinson & The Beezer.

Others considered: LG Mike Abraham was selected to the Pro Bowl twice, and LG Rich Irving went once.

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C: Minimum of 2

C Snow Monkey (2005-'21): 627 pancake blocks; 105 sacks allowed; NFL's Best OL; 8 Pro Bowls

C Chris Golston (2012-'27): 876 pancake blocks; 136 sacks allowed; 3-time NFL's Best OL; 6 Pro Bowls

C Champ Taylor (2023-'33): 454 pancake blocks; 73 sacks allowed; 2-time NFL's Best OL; 5 Pro Bowls

A very strong group. Note that Cleveland offensive linemen won 21 of the 30 NFL's Best OL awards. Golston won three of them, getting the nod as the all-franchise C.

Others considered: C Jeff Faine added a NFL's Best OL award in his only Pro Bowl season with the Browns.

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DE: Minimum of 4

LE Anthony Davis (2011-'26): 97 sacks; 504 tackles; 6 Pro Bowls

LE Torrance Manley (2015-'31): 89 sacks; 675 tackles; 7 Pro Bowls

RE Richie Jensen (2007-'21): 80 sacks; 634 tackles; 2-time AFC's Best DL; 6 Pro Bowls

RE Ryan Bowden (2020-'33): 76 sacks; 591 tackles; AFC's Best DL; 5 Pro Bowls

A quick observation yields that the left side of our line produced more sacks per year, while the right side logged more tackles per year. In a tough call, Davis & Jensen are named the all-franchise DEs.

Others considered: RE Roderick Haley was selected to 3 Pro Bowls, and he appears to continue in the tradition of Jensen & Bowden before him. LE Courtney Brown was selected to 2 Pro Bowls. LE Brian Knight is a developing youngster with a lot of promise in future years.

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DT: Minimum of 2

DT John Henderson (2007-'16): 42 sacks; 430 tackles; NFL's Best DL; 2 Pro Bowls

DT Sammy Bonds (2012-'27): 104 sacks; 860 tackles; 2 Pro Bowls

DT Derrick Rose (2017-'33): 153 sacks; 1,188 tackles; 3-time NFL's Best DL; AFC's Best DL; 10 Pro Bowls

Bonds' lack of recognition by his peers is rather surprising, given his production. Rose & Bonds are the all-franchise DTs.

Others considered: In just one season, DT Otis Foley was named AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year, NFL's Best DL, and made the Pro Bowl. Jason Moes was named the AFC's Best DL in his only Pro Bowl year. Gerard Warren also made one appearance at the Pro Bowl.

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OLB: Minimum of 4

LOLB Speedy Ezy (2006-'18): 1,019 tackles; 51 sacks; 18 interceptions; AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year; AFC Defensive Player of the Year; AFC's Best LB; 2 Pro Bowls

LOLB Cornelius Schroeder (2024-'33): 718 tackles; 46 sacks; 20 interceptions; NFL Defensive Player of the Year; NFL's Best LB; 2 Pro Bowls

ROLB Peter Boulware (2005-'09): 505 tackles; 39 sacks; 10 interceptions; AFC Defensive Player of the Year; 2-time AFC's Best LB; 4 Pro Bowls

ROLB Rauol Duke (2007-'19): 1,093 tackles; 69 sacks; 20 interceptions; AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year; AFC Defensive Player od the Year; NFL's Best LB; 5 Pro Bowls

ROLB The Zman (2018-'30): 1,338 tackles; 93 sacks; 18 interceptions; AFC Defensive Player of the Year; AFC's Best LB; 7 Pro Bowls

Another group whose limited league honors doesn't accurately reflect their contributions to the team. In a close battle, Zman & Ezy are the all-franchise OLBs.

Others considered: Despite not making any Pro Bowls, ROLB Cedric Campbell played well after replacing Zman when he retired.

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MLB: Minimum of 2

MLB Brian Urlacher (2005-'14): 943 tackles; 33 sacks; 18 interceptions; NFL Defensive Player of the Year; NFL's Best LB; 4 Pro Bowls

MLB Hoss Radbourn (2013-'27): 989 tackles; 59 sacks; 14 interceptions; AFC Most Valuable Player; NFL Defensive Player of the Year; 2-time NFL's Best LB; 8 Pro Bowls

MLB DeRon Powell (2028-'33): 550 tackles; 20 sacks; 6 interceptions; AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year; 6 Pro Bowls

Radbourn, the slowest of the three, gets the nod as the all-franchise MLB based in part on the postseason honors he received. An MVP award for a defensive player is an impressive achievement.

Others considered: MLB Kwame Gaines made four Pro Bowls.

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CB: Minimum of 4

CB Lito Sheppard (2007-'12): 19 interceptions; 210 tackles; 1 Pro Bowl

CB Jimmy Grabber (2005-'17): 27 interceptions; 398 tackles; AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year; 3 Pro Bowls

CB George J. Airplane (2008-'20): 27 interceptions; 262 tackles; NFL's Best DB; 1 Pro Bowl

CB Village Idiot (2009-'20): 20 interceptions; 324 tackles; 1 Pro Bowl

CB Champ Bailey Jr. (2012-'22): 31 interceptions; 341 tackles

CB Darrin Lops (2029-'33): 16 interceptions; 159 tackles; 1 Pro Bowl

A crowded field, all six earn spots in the all-franchise team. Sheppard & Lops are the only ones averaging more than 3 interceptions and 31 tackles per season, and this get the nod as the all-franchise CBs.

Others considered: CB Andy Nalen tied Bailey for the lead among CBs with 31 interceptions; Lonnie Mills & Richard Singletary started for several years; Ed Wilson is improving, and with just 5 seasons still could have made this list.

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FS: Minimum of 2

FS Bob Sanders (2008-15): 17 interceptions; 275 tackles; 1 Pro Bowl

FS Gino Els (2009-'21): 54 interceptions; 462 tackles; AFC's Best DB; 7 Pro Bowls

FS Jake Sheth (2019-'31): 31 interceptions; 367 tackles; 3 Pro Bowls

A good group, but Els is head & shoulders above the competition, and gets the nod as the all-franchise FS.

Also considered: FS Marty Fitzgerald was a solid player for many years.

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SS: Minimum of 2

SS Shane McCullum (2018-30): 52 interceptions; 403 tackles

FS Herman Kelly (2022-'33): 31 interceptions; 350 tackles; 1 Pro Bowl

Kelly, a true FS, made his only Pro Bowl appearance during a season he started as a SS, and this is slotted here due to a lack of any other notable players at the position. McCullum is the all-franchise SS -- he and Gino Els are the only DBs to average at least 4 interceptions per season.

Others considered: none. Jarrod Cooper, Orlando Jackson, and Lamar Platt were all solid (but unspectacular) players, who don't deserve to be mentioned with this group.

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K: Minimum of 1

K Lawrence Tynes (2006-'14): 261-315 field goals; 419-415 extra points; NFL's Best K; 6 Pro Bowls

K Doug Dotson (2015-'24): 334-410 field goals; 403-407 extra points; 3-time NFL's Best K; AFC's Best K; 7 Pro Bowls

While we rarely carried more than one kicker on our roster during the 30-year run of the franchise, it's difficult to pick between the two. Dotson gets the nod as the all-franchise K not only because he received more league-wide honors, but because he converted a higher percentage of extra points and made a greater number of field goals per year.

Others considered: K Fred O'Neal was selected to 2 Pro Bowls.

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P: Minimum of 1

P Duane King (2017-'27): 1,007 punts for 44,646 yards; 3 Pro Bowls

King gets the nod for the all-franchise P not only because he had a better average per punt than the other punters considered, but because he punted an average of 19 times more per season than the others as well.

Others considered: P John Perkins was slected to 3 Pro Bowls; P Jamie Barry was voted to the Pro Bowl once.

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That concludes the Cleveland Browns dynasty! Thanks to everyone who read and participated in this adventure.

If you haven't already, please sign up, or at least vote for the next franchise!

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Too bad you can't choose all these guys at their peak and play a season with them. What a team!

Oh and LM had about 10,000 :goodposting:s in here.

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