Yearbook, Sept. 12: The Browns return

September, 12, 2012
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Sept. 12, 1999: It was a wait that, for Cleveland, felt longer than the three-plus years that actually passed on the calendar. But finally, on this day 13 years ago, the new Browns took the field for their first regular-season game.

Forget that the final score was 43-0 in favor of the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. Football in Cleveland was back.

1999 Cleveland Browns play first game as expansion team.Tom Pidgeon/Allsport/Getty Images
Marlon Forbes leaps into the arms of Cleveland Browns fans.David Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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