Here are 9 of the most famous celebrity Cleveland Browns fans, from the music industry to the political world.
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Founded in 1944, the Cleveland Browns then officially joined the NFL in 1950 along with the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers.
That means more than 70 years of history in Cleveland from a football perspective. They are yet to win a Super Bowl, but the franchise does have four NFL Championships to its name (1950, 1954, 1955 & 1964).
All those years of history. As a result, the Browns are now one of America’s most supported franchises. And that includes support from some big names in the celebrity world.
We’re here to reveal 9 of the biggest and best celebrity Cleveland Browns fans. Let’s dive in, Dawg Pound.
Why not start big?
Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll”, was one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. He was also a Cleveland Browns fan!
But how did Elvis, a man who grew up in Mississippi and Tennessee, become a fan of a team in the rust belt?
The answer is Gene Hickerson. He and Elvis met during their high school years and became friends, with a shared love for football. Hickerson’s football career progressed and he was then drafted by the Browns in 1957.
Elvis Presley watched Hickerson’s career develop in Cleveland, with an NFL Championship title in 1964 topping it all. Elvis also grew a love for Jim Brown’s running style and performance, with both stars being photographed together on various occasions.
Grammy Award-winning rapper Kid Cudi is pretty big in the celebrity game. He’s even turned his talents to acting in recent years, appearing in the likes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Westworld and Empire.
Cleveland born, Kid Cudi loves his Cleveland sports. And that includes the Browns.
Machine Gun Kelly
Up next is another Browns fan from the music industry. Machine Gun Kelly is definitely one of the most famous celebrity Cleveland Browns fans.
MGK certainly doesn’t shy away from his affinity with the Browns. He has also performed countless times at the FirstEnergy Stadium, including a half-time performance at Cleveland’s home opener in the 2014 season.
The Browns finished 4th in AFC North with a 7-9 record that season, missing out on the Playoffs. MGK clearly didn’t have the effect he’d hoped on the franchise after his performance.
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Now, it’s politics time.
Perhaps the most famous Cleveland Browns fan in politics is Condoleezza Rice. It doesn’t matter that she’s from Alabama – the former Secretary of State is a Browns die-hard. Her love for the Browns came from growing up watching the games with her father.
In 2012, Rice appeared in an NFL promotional campaign for female jerseys. She was even considered for the vacant head coach role back in 2018!
Who remembers The Drew Carey Show from 20 years ago?
Yes, the host is a huge Cleveland Browns fan. Why do you think the show’s theme song was called “Cleveland Rocks”?
Drew Carey’s career went from strength to strength, with the comedian taking over from Bob Barker as host of The Price is Right. He’s never let his fame get in the way of his love for the Dawgs.
The first famous sports person on our list to share a love for the Cleveland Browns.
One of the greatest baseball players ever to grace the sport, Hank Aaron won endless awards during his time at the Braves and the Brewers. He even won the World Series in 1957.
Despite being born and raised in Alabama, Aaron found his love in Cleveland. He claims that Ozzie Newsome was the reason for this, as he followed him from University to his playing career.
Aaron, during an interview with ESPN, revealed that he used to be incognito in the Dawg Pound…
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A professional mixed martial artist, Miocic currently competes in the UFC’s Heavyweight division.
Miocic is born and raised in Ohio. He was born in Euclid and attended Cleveland State University. This is where his martial arts career took off. But, surprisingly, Miocic actually begun his college career playing baseball.
Now established in the UFC world, Miocic has an incredible 19-3-0 record. Alongside his UFC career, he finds time to support his beloved Cleveland Browns in the NFL.
It’s back to music.
Country music star Brad Paisley has sold more than 11 million albums and is a multi-Grammy Award winner.
Outside of music, he has appeared in numerous Nationwide Insurance commercials alongside Peyton Manning. He has a keen interest in the NFL.
Specifically, Cleveland is the team for Brad. He grew up in West Virginia, but his team is the Browns. He makes that quite clear on his social media!
John “Big Dawg” Thompson
Saving the G.O.A.T. till last.
A mainstay in the Dawg Pound, John Thompson is an absolute legend. Historically, he was known as the (really) big guy in the front row. Since then, he has lost some weight. But he’s still as present as ever before.
That famous dog costume even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated next to Akili Smith and Tim Couch. What dreams are made of for Big John.