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The Falcons made a surprise trade up with the Cleveland Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones sixth overall.
When the merger took place, all ten AFL franchises became part of the merged league's new American Football Conference ( AFC ), with three teams from the original 16-team NFL ( the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Colts ) joining them.
The Baltimore Ravens are officially a quasi-expansion franchise, having originated in 1996 with the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy after Art Modell, then owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced his intention to relocate the team to Baltimore.
The Baltimore Ravens came into existence in 1996 when Art Modell, then owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced his intention to relocate his team from Cleveland to Baltimore.
Additionally, the agreement stipulated that the Browns ' name, colors, uniform design and franchise records would remain in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Its home stadium is Cleveland Browns Stadium, where it has played since 1999.
The outrage and controversy that erupted, as well as the NFL's desire to keep a team in Cleveland, led to an agreement whereby Modell was cleared to move his team ( which became the Baltimore Ravens ) but relinquished ownership of the Browns ' name, colors, logos and history.
The team's headquarters and training facility, the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex, opened in 1991 and is located in Berea, Ohio.
The official team portrait of the 1948 Cleveland Browns, who recorded professional football's first-ever unbeaten and untied season.
The squad included seven future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Browns ' first regular-season game took place September 6, 1946 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium against the Miami Seahawks before a record crowd of 60, 135.
The Cleveland area showered support on the Browns from the outset.
Meanwhile, the Browns unexpectedly had Cleveland to themselves ; the NFL's Cleveland Rams, who had continually lost money despite winning the 1945 NFL championship, moved to Los Angeles after that season.
Cleveland then won a playoff game 8-3 against the New York Giants on December 17 behind a pair of Groza field goals, turning the tables on a team that handed the Browns both of their regular-season losses.
That set up the NFL championship match between the Browns and the Los Angeles Rams a week later in Cleveland, a game the Browns won 30-28 on a last-minute Groza field goal.
Former Browns QB Otto Graham ( left, with head coach Paul Brown ), who led the Browns to 4 AAFC and 3 NFL Championships, and is a Pro Football Hall of Fame member. While the championship losses sowed bitterness among Cleveland fans who had grown accustomed to winning, the team continued to make progress.
Their chief rivals are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cleveland and team
Barred by a court injunction from playing baseball in the state of Pennsylvania the next year, Lajoie was traded to the Cleveland team, where he played and managed for many years.
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue promised the city of Cleveland that an NFL team would be located in Cleveland, either through relocation or expansion, " no later than 1999 ".
Some sources say McBride was asked for thousands of dollars in compensation from a businessman who owned the rights to the name Cleveland Panthers, an earlier failed football team.
Some people suggested Cleveland was at best the dominant team in a minor league, while others were confident of its prospects in the NFL.
Dante Lavelli and Frank Gatski retired at the end of the season, leaving Groza as the only original Cleveland player still on the team.
Cleveland was coming off a series of bad drafts, including in 1954, when the team selected quarterback Bobby Garrett with the first pick.
When the team debuted in 1968, the Bengals ' uniforms were modeled after the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cleveland team originated in 1900 as the Lake Shores, when the American League ( AL ) was officially a minor league.
Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the team played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Municipal Stadium in.

Cleveland and colors
The National League required distinct colors for the 1882 season, so the Cleveland Forest Citys became the Cleveland Blues.
As if celebrating a new era in Cleveland Cavaliers basketball, the team's colors were changed from orange, black and blue back to wine and gold, with the addition of navy blue and a new primary logo.
However, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said that the Earthquakes ' name, colors, logo, wordmark, history and competitive records would not be transferred, similarly to the Cleveland Browns deal in the National Football League.
Subsequent moves by other teams resulted in a 31st team being added at Cleveland in 1999 ; this team, though technically an expansion team, inherited the name, colors, and history ( including all team and individual records ) from the Cleveland Browns, who had relocated to Baltimore in 1996 as the Baltimore Ravens.
Passing with flying colors, a fleet of 205 J-1 class Hudsons were built, including thirty for the Michigan Central Railroad and thirty for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway (“ Big Four ”).
Seal brown is one of the official colors of Lehigh University, Brown University, the Cleveland Browns football team, and the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.
As part of the deal which permitted former Browns owner Art Modell to move to Baltimore, the Browns name and colors remained with Cleveland.
In the belated agreement, the name, colors and history of the Browns were to remain in Cleveland, while the relocated club would technically be a new league franchise ; the city of Cleveland would be given another new franchise in the next few years, or a relocated existing franchise.

Cleveland and were
In his own state of New York, the two Democratic bellwethers, State Leader Hill and Tammany Boss Murphy, were saying nothing openly against Hearst but industriously boosting their own favorites, Murphy being for Cleveland and Hill for Parker.
Both The Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Scene sent reporters in 1998 and 2003 respectively but were unable to locate him.
The buyers were a group of prominent Cleveland businessmen: Homer Marshman, an attorney, Dave R. Jones, a businessman and former Cleveland Indians director, Ellis Ryan, a former Indians president, Saul Silberman, owner of the Randall Park race track, and Ralph DeChairo, an associate of Silberman.
The Bengals were founded in as a member of the American Football League ( AFL ) by former Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Brown.
With the completion of the merger in 1970, the Cleveland Browns were moved to the AFL-based American Football Conference and placed in the AFC Central, the same division as the Bengals.
The Browns were renamed the " Perfectos ," and restocked with Cleveland talent.
In 1912 the teams name was changed to " Cleveland Molly McGuires " after the coal miners who were trying to establish a union and were regarded as " heroes ".
Cleveland's struggles over the 30-year span were highlighted in the 1989 film Major League, which comically depicted a hapless Cleveland ball club going from worst to first by the end of the film.
Having contended for the division in the aborted 1994 season, Cleveland sprinted to a 100 – 44 record ( 18 games were lost to player / owner negotiations ) in 1995 winning its first ever divisional title.
Iowa Cub Joe Carter and CF Mel Hall were sent to Cleveland for Sutcliffe and back-up C Ron Hassey (. 333 with Cubs in 1984 ).
The Browns were renamed the " Perfectos ," and restocked with Cleveland talent.
However, the roots of the curse likely date back earlier to the end of the 1968 season when the blue-shirted Cowboys were upset badly by the Cleveland Browns in the divisional playoffs.
In the United States the concerts were billed as The Big Night and were their largest to date, with 80, 000 people seeing them at Cleveland Stadium.
While his personal quarters were austere, Cleveland did enjoy an active social life and enjoyed " the easy-going sociability of hotel-lobbies and saloons.
When the more notorious politicians were left off the Democratic ticket, Cleveland accepted the nomination.
Cleveland saw the bill as unjust — Gould had taken over the railroads when they were failing and had made the system solvent again.
The Mugwumps, including such men as Carl Schurz and Henry Ward Beecher, were more concerned with morality than with party, and felt Cleveland was a kindred soul who would promote civil service reform and fight for efficiency in government.
These jobs were typically filled under the spoils system, but Cleveland announced that he would not fire any Republican who was doing his job well, and would not appoint anyone solely on the basis of party service.

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