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Browns fans from across the country share how their love for Cleveland’s football team began.

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Earlier this week, I posted about why I am a fan of the Cleveland Browns, and asked our readers to follow suit with some stories of their own. The stories have poured in, but sometimes they can get lost a little bit over in the FanShots section. Make sure you go through each of these to read about each fan’s personal story.

If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [contest rules].

SbdBrowns - “My life as a Browns fan began in the late 1960's. I'm from Kentucky and Browns games were broadcast locally and often before the Colts moved to Indianapolis and Bungles existed in Cincinnati. As a result, there are lots of Browns fans - loyal ones - in Louisville around my age. There's a sizeable Browns Backers club that meet at a watering hole every Sunday during the season to drink their sorrows away while watching their team - the Browns - a love for which they can't shake.” [Read More]

Budcrusher - “The title is an existential question. Some say they are born a Baptist or some other religious affiliation, but I was born a fan of the Cleveland Browns. A third generation fan. My grandpa was rooting for our team from their inception. He passed the love for the Browns to his son (my dad), which passed it on to me. I am not a geneticist, but I am sure my DNA strands are orange and brown.” [Read More]

payank505 - “It was in the fall of 1951 when I listened to my first Browns game on the radio. I was five and lived in Erie. It was the Browns second season in the NFL. Paul Brown was coach, Marion Motley was in his last year. The roster included Otto Graham, Dub Jones, Mac Speedy (love that name), Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli, and Don Shula was in his rookie year at DB! They were 11-1. I was in love.” [Read More]

xfl2001fan - “Why did I become a Browns fan? I didn’t. Seriously, I didn’t. I was born one. I was born under the early reign of the Kardiac Club in a small hospital in Wooster, Ohio. I have the vaguest memories of the excitement of Brian Sipe. I remember my parent’s excitement that we drafted Bernie Kosar. I loved watching his awkward throwing motion. As a kid, Webster Slaughter and Reggie Langhorne were "the best" to me and should have been perennial Pro-Bowlers every year. Eric Metcalf was so electrifying to watch.” [Read More]

einzelganger - “We love sports. Some of us a little more than others, but what is it that makes us really proud to say we cheer for people we have never met before? Be on a first name basis with guys that don’t even know we exist. Check stats for hours. Risk frostbite to watch our team get pummeled on Christmas Eve. Yell at the TV. Lie and say you have help your grandma but you really wanted to just watch the game. Sneak out of weddings to check the score. Name our pets after first round draft picks. Get drunken sports tattoos. I’ve done all of these things because I am a fan of the Cleveland Browns.” [Read More]

zamrok - “I listen to a lot of sports talk radio and visit plenty of sports sites now-a-days. Before, not really so much. I've seen and heard a lot of people who are older that remember the good old days of Browns History, whether that be the Kardiac Kids or even the Bernie Kosar days. I was only 9 at the time that the Browns came back to the league, so I barely count as a millennial, and I sure don't remember ever seeing the old Browns. I watched from time to time as a kid and young adult, but that was usually just when they were on in the background at a Family event or Sunday dinner at the Grandparents. It was the same for all the sports in Cleveland; It was there, but only in the periphery.” [Read More]

BrownsFanAlways - “Befitting the name of our SB Nation site, "Dawgs By Nature", being a Cleveland sports fan, and a Browns fan in particular, is truly in my DNA. I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, and both of my parents were diehard Browns fans. Despite my brother choosing to root for Pittsburgh purely to be contrary, at least during his younger years, my sister and I followed our parents in rooting for Cleveland. We couldn't afford to go to games way more often than not, but every Sunday we were glued to the television to watch our beloved Orange and Brown.” [Read More]

They call me Mr. Tibbs - “I grew up in Northeast Ohio, born and raised and still reside in Warren. My dad was a Cleveland sports fan so I was a Cleveland sports fan because I worshiped the ground my dad walked on. The first game I ever watched with my dad was the 1964 NFL Championship game vs. the Baltimore Colts. It was the first NFL title game televised by CBS and the Browns won 27-0. I was seven years old and have been waiting for the next Cleveland Browns NFL Championship ever since then, 53 years.” [Read More]

CNY Browns fan - “Why am I a Browns fan? I'm from a small town called Oneida, outside of Syracuse, New York. My grandfather is from Cleveland and he went to the very first game they ever played for .25 cents. My mother used to go out to games in the late 80's during the Kosar era. So you could say the Cleveland Browns are in my blood.” [Read More]

posterdawg - “Like my father, and visionary Ohio State National Champion and first Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown, I have always hated the ignorance, hatefulness, and societal corrosiveness of racism. Under their very first coach, and arguably also the actual team architect of the very first Cleveland Browns team, that same Paul Brown, the first Browns team fielded the first African-American players of the modern era of American Professional Football to kick off the 1946 season, two full weeks before the Los Angeles Rams, who had just left Cleveland following the 1945 season, sent their own two African-American players onto the field, and several months BEFORE Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn, and Larry Doby in Cleveland broke the modern-era color line in Major League Baseball.” [Read More]

oujasper - “My earliest memories of the Browns go back to 1969. Bill Nelson under center. John Demari and Gene Hickerson on the line. Ron Johnson (pre - NY Giant days) and Leroy Kelley in the backfield. Milt Moran at TE. Paul Warfield, Garry Collins, Chip Glass and Fair Hooker at receiver. On Defense there was John Garlington, Billy Andrews and Jim Houston at LB, Jack Gregory, Walter Johnson and Jim Kanicki on the defensive line, with Ernie Kellerman and Alvin Mitchell in the defensive backfield.” [Read More]