Originally Posted by phlysac
I've read that Paul Brown didn't want them to be named the Browns. They were named the Panthers, and some guy who had a defunct Cleveland team named the Panthers threatened to sue the owner so they just became the Browns.
Their first official mascot in 1946 was the "Brownie" which is an elf.
Here's how it would look on a helmet...
Here's an interesting concept...
I see why they have their current logo...or sort of lack of one...now.