1948 Cleveland Browns: America’s Original Undefeated Team
Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that right, the 1948 Cleveland Browns (not the 1972 Miami Dolphins) are America‘s first undefeated and untied professional football team. I thought I would break out of my shell and talk about a team that had to take a cheap shot from a fan that in his will took a cheap shot at one of America’s most historic teams.
Now I know there are going to be a lot of people that discredit the twice in a lifetime feat, but there is always somebody that is closed minded and looks at everything threw their delusional self-centered glasses. There is the argument that the Dolphins had to go 16-0 while the Browns just had to go 14-0, well where does that leave the Patriots who went 18-0 until they lost in the Super Bowl?? Some will throw out the competition level was harder for the 1972 Dolphins, but once again the competition for the 2007 Patriots was even fiercer. So how about we put ALL the delusional goggles down and let’s call an ACE an ACE and a SPADE a SPADE, the 1948 Cleveland Browns was Americans first professional football team to have the perfect season and the 1972 Miami Dolphins were that other team to go undefeated.
There was a lot of hype around that 1948 Cleveland Browns team. Coming off back-to-back championships, this team was built to make a run at a perfect season. With runs like the 1946 Cleveland Browns (12-2-0) and the 1947 Cleveland Browns (12-1-1), why would anything less than a perfect season be tolerated?
Who was on this PERFECT roster? Here was the 1948 Cleveland Browns:
|1948 Cleveland Browns roster|
Rookies in italics (5) 36 Active, 0 Inactive
For those who thought the competition was weak and that is why the Browns went undefeated, maybe you should do a little research. Entering week 13 of that 1948 season, the Browns and the 49ers combined for a 23-1 record (49ers only loss came to the Browns earlier in the season), this task has never been duplicated nor has it ever been beaten. To the ordinary fan, no you might think there was no talent and might not of heard of these players, but for me – these were some of the best days in football and helped create a foundation in football that has been unbreakable.
The Cleveland Browns went on to go 10-1-2 in 1949 and win their fourth straight championship. From 1946 to 1949 the Cleveland Browns dominated the league with a 54-4-3 record, winning four straight championships and went on to win four more between 1950 and 1964. This dominance ultimately hurt the Browns. Even with the league taking players from the Browns and distributing to other teams, the Browns remained the most dominant team in football and eventually led to the merger that we know today as the NFL.
Now that I have had the chance to get that off my chest, the next time someone wants to take the “Browns” to the Super Bowl or have the Browns be a pallbearer so they can be let down one more time, just remember this – they are America’s first UNDEFEATED and UNTIED team in football history.
Here was a look at their 1948 season, a run at perfection:
|1||September 3, 1948||Los Angeles Dons||W 19–14||1–0||Cleveland Stadium||60,193|
|2||September 12, 1948||at Buffalo Bills||W 42–13||2–0||War Memorial Stadium||35,340|
|3||September 17, 1948||at Chicago Rockets||W 28–7||3–0||Soldier Field||30,874|
|4||September 26, 1948||Chicago Rockets||W 41–21||4–0||Cleveland Stadium||37,190|
|5||October 5, 1948||at Baltimore Colts||W 14–10||5–0||Memorial Stadium||22,359|
|6||October 10, 1948||Brooklyn Dodgers||W 30–17||6–0||Cleveland Stadium||31,187|
|7||October 17, 1947||Buffalo Bills||W 31–14||7–0||Cleveland Stadium||28,054|
|8||October 24, 1948||New York Yankees||W 35–7||8–0||Cleveland Stadium||46,912|
|9||November 7, 1948||Baltimore Colts||W 28–7||9–0||Cleveland Stadium||32,313|
|10||November 14, 1948||San Francisco 49ers||W 14–7||10–0||Cleveland Stadium||82,769|
|11||November 21, 1948||at New York Yankees||W 34–21||11–0||Yankee Stadium||52,518|
|12||November 25, 1948||at Los Angeles Dons||W 31–14||12–0||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||60,031|
|13||November 28, 1948||at San Francisco 49ers||W 31–28||13–0||Kezar Stadium||59,785|
|14||December 5, 1948||at Brooklyn Dodgers||W 31–21||14–0||Ebbets Field||9,821|