Cleveland Browns

TEAM HISTORY

Founded in 1944, the Browns officially joined the NFL in 1950 along with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts from the All-America Football Conference after that league folded.

The Browns quickly established themselves as perennial contenders, winning four NFL Championships from 1950-64.

In 1961, Arthur B. Modell purchased the Browns for a then-record price of $4 million and in 1970, he moved the Browns to the American Football Conference.

The Browns played in the first Monday Night Football game on September 21, 1970, defeating the New York Jets, 31-21.

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