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Cleveland Browns’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders

Updated on October 28, 2010

Otto Graham

Brian Sipe


The Cleveland Browns have been an NFL franchise since 1946.  Well, they were an AAFC team and then joined the NFL officially in 1950.  Then of course, the Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens in 1996, but the city revolted and was awarded an expansion team in 1999, which they named “Browns” as well. For statistical purposes, the Browns from up until 1995 and the Browns from 1999 and beyond are consider the same franchise.  So with that, here are the Browns’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:


Otto Graham (174)—Hall of FamerOtto Graham played for the Browns from 1946 to 1955 and led them to a few championships.  Graham ranks first in the team’s history with 174 touchdown passes, and his best season was arguably 1947.  That year, Graham threw for 2753 yards and tied a career high with 25 touchdown passes (both were NFL best numbers that season), and 11 interceptions.


Brian Sipe (154)—Brian Sipe played his entire career for Cleveland, from 1974 to 1983, and he ranks second in franchise history with 154 TD passes.  Sipe had his best season for the Browns in 1980 when he had career highs in passing yards (4132) and passing touchdowns (30) with 14 picks, earning a first team All Pro selection.


Frank Ryan (134)—Frank Ryan played for the Browns most of his career, from 1962 to 1968, and he ranks third in their history with 134 touchdown passes.  Ryan had his best season while wearing a Browns’ uniform, in 1966.  That year he threw for career highs in passing yards (2974) and passing touchdowns (29, led the NFL) with 14 interceptions.


Bernie Kosar (116)—Bernie Kosar played most of his career in Cleveland, and remains one of the city’s most beloved sports figures.  Kosar played for the Browns from 1985 to 1993, and he ranks fourth in team history with 116 TD passes.  Kosar had his best season in 1987, when he went to the Pro Bowl with 3033 passing yards, a career best 22 touchdown passes, and just 9 picks.


Bill Nelsen (71)—Bill Nelsen played for the Browns from 1968 to 1972, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 71 touchdown passes.  Nelsen had his best season while with the Browns in 1969.  That year, he had career highs in passing yards (2743) and passing TDs (23), with 19 interceptions, helping Nelsen to earn his only Pro Bowl selection.


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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That is abit confusing. Why did they revolt and take the same name?

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      From a Texas Longhorns fan: hopefully one day Colt McCoy will be on this list....