Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw with the MVP trophy for Super Bowl XIV, and Browns quarterback Brian Sipe running off the Cleveland Stadium field in 1980. (Photos by AP and Richard T. Conway, The Plain Dealer).
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers have 14 championships and 1,150 wins between them, with one franchise beginning play in the All-America Football Conference and the other in the NFL.
In advance of Sunday’s game between the two teams, here’s a look at the franchises by the numbers, from championships and coaches, to leading passers, runners, receivers and more. Even included is typical weather during the football season at each team’s home field.
Pittsburgh holds a 75-59-1 lead in the series, dating back to 1950. Since the Browns’ return to the NFL in 1999, the Steelers lead, 34-7-1.
Scroll below to learn more about each franchise.
The Cleveland Browns returned to the NFL with a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 12, 1999. (AP)
Cleveland Browns (71st season): The Browns began play in the All-America Football Conference in 1946 and joined the NFL in 1950, playing each season through 1995, then returning to the league in 1999.
Pittsburgh Steelers (87th season): Pittsburgh began play in the NFL in 1933 as the Pirates until becoming the Steelers in 1940. The only franchises currently playing under the same name as in 1933 are the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
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The Browns are 521-500-14 all-time, including 47-4-3 record in the AAFC from 1946-49.
The Steelers are 629-549-21.
Hall of Famers
Jerome Bettis, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, speaks with Steelers co-owner Art Rooney II in Canton. (AP)
Hall-of-Famers with at least some tie to each team, however short, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
Browns (21): Bill Willis (1946-53); Bobby Mitchell (1958-61); Dante Lavelli (1946-56); Doug Atkins (1953-54); Frank Gatski (1946-56); Gene Hickerson (1958-73); Henry Jordan (1957-58); Jim Brown (1957-65); Joe DeLamielleure (1980-84); Len Dawson (1960-61); Len Ford (1950-57); Leroy Kelly (1964-73); Lou Groza (1946-59, 1961-67); Marion Motley (1946-53); Mike McCormack (1954-62); Otto Graham (1946-55); Ozzie Newsome (1978-90); Paul Brown (1946-62); Paul Warfield (1964-69, 1976-77); Tommy McDonald (1968); and Willie Davis (1958-59).
Steelers (27): Art Rooney (1933-88); Bert Bell (1941-46); Bill Dudley (1942, 45-46); Bobby Layne (1958-62); Chuck Noll (1969-91); Dan Rooney (1955-2017); Dermontti Dawson (1988-2000); Ernie Stautner (1950-63); Franco Harris (1972-83); Jack Butler (1951-59); Jack Ham (1971-82); Jack Lambert (1974-84); Jerome Bettis (1996-2005); Joe Greene (1969-81); John McNally (1934, 37-38); John Henry Johnson (1960-65); John Stallworth (1974-87); Kevin Greene (1993-95); Len Dawson (1957-59); Lynn Swann (1974-82); Marion Motley (1955); Mel Blount (1970-83); Mike Webster (1974-88); Robert “Cal” Hubbard (1936); Rod Woodson (1987-96); Terry Bradshaw (1970-83); Walt Kiesling (1937-39 as a player); and Walt Kiesling (1940-42, 54-56 as a coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman “Mean” Joe Greene speaks with CBS broadcaster John Madden during Super Bowl media day in January 1980. (AP)
The Browns and Browns franchises have 14 championships between them.
Browns (eight titles): AAFC in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949; NFL in 1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964.
Steelers (six titles); Super Bowl winner after the 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 and 2008 seasons.
Last playoff appearance
Browns receiver Andre King dives trying to make it out of bounds to stop the clock on the last play of Cleveland’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 5, 2003. (John Kuntz, cleveland.com).
The last playoff appearances for each team:
Browns (2002 season): Lost to the Steelers, 36-33, on Jan. 5, 2003.
Steelers (2017 season): Lost to the Jaguars, 45-42, on Jan. 14, 2018.
Last 10 seasons
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Over the last 10 seasons – 2009-18 — the two franchises have been at opposite ends of the NFL.
Browns: 41-118 record, 32nd out of 32 teams.
Steelers: 103-56-1 record, second in the NFL.
Top passers all-time
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambles against the Browns in 2006 at Cleveland Stadium. (David I. Andersen, cleveland.com)
The leading passers in franchise history, in terms of yardage:
Brian Sipe: 23,713 yards passing for the Browns in 1974-83.
Ben Roethlisberger: 56,545 yards since 2004.
At Pitt Stadium against the Steelers in 1965, Jim Brown scores a touchdown for Cleveland with a 2-yard run. (Plain Dealer file)
The leading rushers in franchise history:
Jim Brown: 12,312 yards for the Browns in 1957-65.
Franco Harris: 11,950 yards for the Steelers in 1972-83.
Steelers receiver Hines Ward tries to put a stiff arm on Daven Holly of the Browns during a 2006 game. (David I. Andersen, cleveland.com)
Leading receivers in franchise history, in terms of yardage:
Ozzie Newsome: 7,980 yards for the Browns in 1978-90.
Hines Ward: 12,083 yards for the Steelers in 1998-2011.
The winningest coaches in the history of both the Browns and Steelers are in this locker room photo after Cleveland’s title win 1954 – Paul Brown (right) and Chuck Noll (center among the Browns players). The Browns players, left to right, are Pete Brewster, Lou Groza, Noll and Otto Graham. (AP)
Top coaches for each franchise, based on the number of wins:
Paul Brown: 158-48-8 for the Browns in 1946-62.
Chuck Noll: 193-148-1 for the Steelers in 1969-91.
Heinz Field in Pittsburgh as shown in a 2010 photo. (AP)
Browns: First Energy Stadium, 1999-present, with a capacity of 67,895. Originally known as Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Steelers: Heinz Field, 2001-present, with a capacity of 68,400.
Here’s a sense of the range in weather for football season at the home for each team, using using opening day (Sept. 8) and closing day (Dec. 29) of the 2019 regular season as end points.
Sept. 8 normal highs: 76 in Cleveland (Burke Lakefront Airport); 77 in Pittsburgh.
Sept. 8 normal lows: 62 in Cleveland; 57 in Pittsburgh.
Dec. 29 normal highs: 36 in Cleveland; 36 in Pittsburgh.
Dec. 29 normal lows: 25 in Cleveland; 22 in Pittsburgh.
Sources: Pro Football Reference, Pro Football Hall of Fame, National Weather Service and other cleveland.com/datacentral research.
Rich Exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow on Twitter @RichExner. See more data-related stories at cleveland.com/datacentral.
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