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Timeline: Key events in Browns history

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1950 Browns join NFL after four championship seasons in the All- American Football Conference 1946-1949. They also won the NFL championship in 1950.

  • 1961: Art Modell buys the Browns for $4 million (using only $250,000) of his own money.
  • Jan. 9, 1963: Modell fires legendary coach Paul Brown and hires Blanton Collier.   
  • 1964: Browns defeat Baltimore Colts in NFL Championship Game.  
  • 1971: Nick Skorich replaces Blanton Collier at coach.
  • 1975: Forrest Gregg replaces Skorich at head coach.  In 1977,  Gregg dismissed and replaced for final game of the season by interim Dick Modzelewski
  • In 1978, with new Coach Sam Rutigliano, Browns finish 9-7.
  • In 1980, the Browns were known as the Kardiac Kids with multiple come-from-behind wins.
  • In 1984, the Browns replace Rutigliano with Defensive Coordinator Marty Schottenheimer.
  • In 1988,  Schottenheimer resigned to take a lucrative pay raise to coach the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • In 1989, the Browns have Head Coach Bud Carson at the helm
  • In 1990, after a 2-7 start, Carson was fired, and replaced by Jim Shofner as interim.
  • In 1991, the Browns bring Coach Bill Belichick on board
  • Nov. 6, 1995: After owning the Cleveland Browns for more than 30 years, Art Modell announces plan to move team to Baltimore for 1996 season. The team will be re-named the Ravens. Modell says he "had no choice."
  • Dec. 17, 1995: Browns play last game at Municipal Stadium.
  • Sept. 8, 1998: Expansion franchise awarded to Cleveland. Al Lerner announced as new owner. Team retains name of Browns.
  • On Sept. 12, 1999, the NFL returned to Cleveland when the Browns played the Pittsburgh Steelers under new Head Coach Chris Palmer. In this season, the Browns went 2-14 and 0-8 at home.
  • In 2000, after the 3-13 season, the Browns fired Palmer.
  • In 2001, under new Coach Butch Davis, the Browns finished 7-9.
  • In 2002, Browns owner Al Lerner died on Oct. 24, succumbing to cancer. With a 9-7 record, the Browns would qualify for the playoffs for the first time since returning to the NFL in 1999.
  • In 2004, the Browns started strong but then had a string of injuries. After Game 12, Davis resigned and the team was led by interim Coach Terry Robiskie and finished the season 4-12.
  • Following the season the Browns hired Coach Romeo Crennel.
  • In 2005, the Browns finished 6-10 under Crennel.
  • In 2008, a 4-12 record cost Crennel his job as he was replaced by Eric Mangini following the season.
  • In 2010, Browns finished the season at 5-11 and Mangini was out and Coach Pat Shurmur was in.
  • In 2011, in his first year the Browns went 4-12 under Shurmur
  • July 27, 2012: It's revealed owner Randy Lerner is in talks to sell the team.
  • Aug. 2, 2012: Jimmy Haslam purchases the Browns for more than $1 billion -- the 4th-highest financial transaction in sports history.
  • October 16, 2012:  NFL owners unanimously approves sale of Browns to Jimmy Haslam III.  Haslam announced former Eagles president Joe Banner as team CEO.
  • November 25, 2012: Mike Holmgren steps down as Browns President and leaves team.
  • December 31, 2012: Pat Shurmur fired after finishing season at 5-11.  GM Tom Heckert also fired.
  • January 2013:  Browns begin talks to find new coach interviewing Ken Whisenhunt, Syracuse's  Doug Marrone, and Oregon's Chip Kelly among others.

         January 10, 2013:  Browns hire Rob Chudzinski as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

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