The top two players on the countdown are the top echelon of players in Browns history. Otto Graham played for the Browns from 1946 – 1955. He is another member of the Original Browns like previously highlighted players, Lou Groza and Marion Motley.
In his 10 seasons as starting quarterback, Otto Graham led the Browns to the championship game every year. He was able to win seven championships in those 10 seasons, four in the AAFC and three in the NFL. The five-time MVP was also named to the NFL’s 1950’s All-Decade Team and the 75th Anniversary Team. His accomplishments on the field garnered his number being retired by the Browns as well as the ultimate honor, enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.
When looking at Graham’s statistics, it is important to remember that the NFL passing game in Graham’s time was very different than today’s game. For example, in 1946 Graham led the league with 17 touchdown passes, in 2017 that would have been good for 24th best in the NFL.
For his career, Graham threw for 23,584 yards with 174 TDs and 135 INTs. He had a career completion percentage of 55.8% and a QB Rating of 86.6%. Five times in his career he led the league in passing yards and three times he led the league in TDs thrown. Aside from the passing, he also ran for 882 yards in his career, adding 44 rushing TDs.
After his playing career, Graham went into coaching. He had two separate stints as the head coach of the Coast Guard’s team and in between, he coached the Washington Redskins from 1966 – 1968. In 2003 Otto Graham passed away from a heart aneurysm. He remains one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.