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Team History/Hall of Fame

HISTORY

unprecedented deal to return the Cleveland Browns to the playing field in 1999. The deal stipulated that the name, colors and heritage of the Browns would remain in Cleveland.

The Browns hired Butch Davis as the franchise’s 10th full-time head coach on Jan. 30.

2002

1998

The NFL awarded the Cleveland Browns to Alfred Lerner on Sept. 8. The NFL formally transferred own- ership of the Cleveland Browns to Lerner and Carmen A. Policy on Oct. 23. Dwight Clark was named vice president, director of football operations on Nov. 30.

1999

Dwight Clark resigned his post as the team’s execu- tive vice president, director of football operations on May 13. Owner Alfred Lerner passed away on Oct. 23. The Browns finished the season by winning seven of their last 10 contests to earn the club’s first postsea- son berth since 1994 with a 9-7 record. The Browns were defeated in the AFC Wild Card Game at Pitts- burgh, 36-33.

Chris Palmer was named the ninth full-time head coach in Cleveland Browns history Jan. 21. The Browns were awarded the rights to the first pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and used the pick to select Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch. The first game at new Cleveland Browns Stadium was played on Aug. 21 against the Minnesota Vikings, with the Vikings pre- vailing, 24-17 in a preseason contest. In the first regu- lar-season game in the Browns’ 1999 commemorative season and the first regular-season game at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 43-0. The Browns recorded their first victory of the ’99 season on Oct. 31 with a last- second Hail Mary pass from Couch to Kevin Johnson.

2000

2003

The Browns finished with a 5-11 record as the season was highlighted by a 33-13 win at Pittsburgh on Oct. 5 in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN Sunday Night Football.

2004

John Collins assumed the role of President & CEO on May 1. Rookie TE Kellen Winslow was lost for the sea- son with an ankle injury after week two and the Browns went on to finish with a 4-12 record. Head coach Butch Davis resigned after a 3-8 start and inter- im head coach Terry Robiskie coached the team over the final five weeks, including a 22-14 season-ending victory at Houston.

The Browns selected Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown with the first pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Browns notched their first regular-season victory at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 17 with a 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2005

Phil Savage was named Senior Vice President & General Manager on Jan. 7 and Romeo Crennel was named head coach on Feb. 8.

2006

2001 The Browns fired Head Coach Chris Palmer on Jan. 11.

President and CEO, John Collins, announced his res- ignation on Jan. 3.

CLEVELAND BROWNS IN THE HALL OF FAME

The rich tradition of the Cleveland Browns boasts 15 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is tied with Washington for the fifth-highest total league-wide. Only the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers claim more Hall of Famers.

1. Chicago Bears

26

2. Green Bay Packers

21

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

17

4. New York Giants

17

5. Cleveland Browns

15

Washington Redskins

15

TEAM

HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEES

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