Cleveland Browns Logo & Helmet History

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The history of Cleveland Browns football team began in 1944 when Arthur B. “Mickey” McBride secured a Cleveland franchise in the newly formed All-America Football Conference (AAFC). He chose Brownie as the new face of the team and the Brownie Elf logo is one of the most interesting logos in NFL history. Legendary coach Paul Brown was the team’s namesake and first coach. The Browns began playing in 1946 AAFC season. The franchise moved to the more established NFL in 1950 after AAFC was dissolved. In 1995, then owner Art Modell relocated the Browns to Baltimore. As part of negotiations and legal battles, an agreement was reached where Modell was allowed to move the team but Cleveland kept the Browns’ name, old logo colors and history. The Browns regained its franchise back and started play again in 1999 NFL season under new ownership. Since 1970, the Browns logo has been different variations of the helmet itself.

Cleveland Browns Logos (1999-Present, 1948-1995)

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