ONCE UPON A TIME ...
Back in the day, the Cleveland Browns ruled pro football. And, finally, they have a trophy to prove it.
The team has recovered a lost championship trophy from 1946, when the Browns won the first of four consecutive All-American Football Conference titles.
The 3-foot-tall trophy, engraved with the names of six Hall of Fame players as well as renowned coach Paul Brown, was one of two awarded to the team after the Browns won their first title in the defunct AAFC, four years before they joined the NFL.
It was found in a box in the garage of the grandson of one of the team’s former minority owners in Raleigh, N.C.