How did the Cleveland Browns get the name?
The Cleveland Browns was started in 1944 by owner Arthur 'Mickey' McBride and head coach (and Ohio coaching legend) Paul Brown. They conducted a team naming contest in 1945. The most popular submission was "Browns" in recognition of Paul Brown, already an established and popular figure in Ohio sports. Brown at first objected to the name and the team selected from the contest entries the name "Panthers." However, after an area businessman informed the team that he owned the rights to the name Cleveland Panthers from an earlier failed football team, Brown relented his objection and agreed to the use of his name.