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This is a gallery of the the history of all the revisions made to the uniform jerseys and helmets of the NFL's Cleveland Browns franchise, of both the original Browns, which relocated to Baltimore after the 1995 NFL season and the present expansion team that came back into existence during the 1999 season.

The Cleveland Browns are the only team in the NFL that doesn't have a logo on their helmets. Even though the team has had various logos throughout the years, such as the "Brownie Elf" mascot (a logo that Art Modell did away with in the mid-1960s, feeling it was too childish; however, its use has been revived under the current ownership.) and the Brown "B" in a white football, the club's orange "logo-less" helmet has become its primary trademark.

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Since debuting in 1946, the Browns' uniforms have essentially remained the same. However, the team originally wore white leather helmets before switching to orange plastic-shell helmets (with a white center stripe) on a full-time basis in 1952. (In the 1950 and 1951 seasons, the Browns wore the white helmets in day games and plain orange helmets in night games because of an NFL rule prohibiting the use of white or light-colored helmets for night games because of the lighting and the use of a white football for night games. Also because of night games, they experimented with silver game pants in the 1950 & '51 seasons, and a third orange jersey for night games in the 1954 season.) From 1957 to 1960, the players' numbers were on the sides of their helmets. In 1960, the Browns went to the now familiar brown-white-brown stripe sequence on the helmets.

Design history

Cleveland Browns uniform combination
Cleveland Browns uniform: 1975-1983
Cleveland Browns uniform: 1985-1995
Cleveland Browns alternate uniform: 2002-2005

The original designs of the jerseys, pants, and socks have remained mostly intact although the helmet has undergone significant revisions:

Jerseys

  1. Brown with white numerals and a white-orange-white-orange-white stripe sequence on the sleeves.
  2. White with brown numerals and a brown-orange-brown-orange-brown stripe sequence on the sleeves. The three white or brown stripes are approximately twice the width of the two orange stripes. (The original 1946 jerseys featured block-shadow numerals.)

Over the years, the Browns have had on-again/off-again periods of wearing white in their home games, particularly in the 1970s and 80s, as well as in the early 2000s after the team returned to the league. Until recently, when more NFL teams started to wear white at home at least once a season, the Browns were the only team north of the Mason-Dixon line to wear white at home on a regular basis. Since 1999, the team has worn white, brown and orange jerseys at home. The Browns wear their white jersey at home in preseason games and at least for their regular season home opener.

Pants

  1. White - white with an orange-brown-orange stripe sequence on the sides (the stripes are of equal width).
  2. Brown - solid brown (no stripes). Orange pants with a brown-white-brown stripe sequence were worn from 1975–1983 and become symbolic of the Kardiac Kids era. The orange pants were worn again occasionally in 2003 and 2004.

Socks

Brown or white with matching stripe pattern to jerseys (1946–1983; 1985–1995; 1999–2002 mid-season); solid brown with brown jerseys and solid orange with white jerseys (1984); solid brown when worn with white pants(2002 mid-season–2008); white striped socks with brown pants (2009)

Exceptions: White striped socks appeared occasionally with the white jerseys in 2003–2005 and again in 2007. Brown striped socks appeared with 1957-style throwback uniforms in 2006-2008.

Helmet

Solid white (1946–1949); solid white for day games and solid orange for night games (1950–1951); orange with a single white stripe (1952–1956); orange with a single white stripe and brown numerals on the sides (1957–1959); orange with a brown-white-brown stripe sequence and brown numerals on the sides (1960); orange with a brown-white-brown stripe sequence (1961–1995 and 1999–present).

Ill-fated 'CB' logo helmet logo design

In 1964, NFL Creative Services designed a brown "CB" logo for the Browns' helmet.[1] The logos were greatly disliked by the the players, and were peeled off before the first preseason game.[2]

Jersey numerals

Numerals first appeared on the jersey sleeves in 1961. Over the years, there have been minor revisions to the sleeve stripes, the first occurring in 1968 (brown jerseys worn in early season) and 1969 (white and brown jerseys) when stripes began to be silk screened onto the sleeves and separated from each other to prevent color bleeding. However, the basic five-stripe sequence has remained intact (with the exception of the 1984 season). A recent revision was the addition of the initials "AL" to honor team owner Al Lerner who died in 2002.

Jersey changes made through the years

Other than the helmet, the uniform was completely redesigned for the 1984 season. New striping patterns appeared on the white jerseys, brown jerseys and pants. Solid brown socks were worn with brown jerseys and solid orange socks were worn with white jerseys. Brown numerals on the white jerseys were outlined in orange. White numerals on the brown jerseys were double outlined in brown and orange. (Orange numerals double outlined in brown and white appeared briefly on the brown jerseys in the pre-season.) This particular uniform set was not popular with the fans.

* 1985 - The uniform returned to a look similar to the original design and remained that way through 1995.

* 1999 - The expansion Browns adopted the traditional design with two exceptions:

  1. Jersey-sleeve numbers were moved to the shoulders.
  2. The orange-brown-orange pants stripes were significantly widened.

* 2002 - The Browns began to experimentation with the uniform design for the 2002 season. An alternate orange jersey was introduced that season as the NFL encouraged teams to adopt a third jersey. Also in 2002, a major design change was made when solid brown socks appeared for the first time since 1984 and were used with white, brown and orange jerseys. Other than 1984, striped socks (matching the jersey stripes) had been a signature design element in the team's traditional uniform. The white striped socks appeared occasionally with the white jerseys in 2003–2005 and again in 2007.

* 2003 - Experimentation continued for the 2003 and 2004 seasons when the traditional orange-brown-orange stripes on the white pants were replaced by two variations of a brown-orange-brown sequence, one in which the stripes were joined (worn with white jerseys) and the other in which they were separated by white (worn with brown jerseys). The joined sequence was used exclusively with both jerseys in 2005. In 2006, the traditional orange-brown-orange sequence returned.

* 2006 - In 2006, the team reverted to an older uniform style, featuring gray face masks; the original stripe pattern on the brown jersey sleeves (the white jersey has had that sleeve stripe pattern on a consistent basis since the 1985 season) and the older, darker shade of brown.

* 2008 - present - The Browns wore brown pants for the first time in team history on August 18, 2008, preseason game against the New York Giants. The pants contain no stripes or markings. The team had the brown pants created as an option for their away uniform in 2006.[3] They have not been worn in a regular-season game, however, at a Browns scrimmage on August 9, 2009, the Browns unveiled the brown pants with the white jerseys but switched out the all-brown socks with the white striped ones.[4] The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that head coach Eric Mangini may have the team wear the brown pants for all road games during the 2009 season.[5] Ohio native Brady Quinn has also gone on record to support the team's move to wearing the brown pants fulltime; claiming the stripes on the white pants "prohibits mobility".[6]

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