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'55 Browns' enjoyed Otto-matic success

The 1955 Cleveland Browns are the first team in our series of the greatest football team of all time.

Originally Published: May 2, 2001
By Eddie Epstein | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Our series on the greatest NFL teams of all time begins with a look at the 1955 Browns. The greatest team ever will be revealed on Tuesday, May 15.

If Otto Graham had made his first retirement stick, then the 1955 Cleveland Browns wouldn't have "happened."

After leading the Browns to nine consecutive league championship games (including the All-American Football Conference) and an NFL title in 1954, Graham announced his retirement. However, as the Browns looked less ...

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