Browns coach Jackson to jump into Lake Erie

Brenda Watkins
May 16, 2018

The showdown all of Northeast Ohio has waited for is finally near.

After his first season as Browns coach in 2016, Jackson vowed that he'd jump in the lake if the Browns went 1-15 again.

"I don't like it", Jackson said in late December of the reason for his impending plunge.

After the Browns went 1-5 in 2016, Jackson made the bold promise of jumping into Lake Erie should the team finish anywhere near 1-15 in 2017.

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Jackson won't be alone. The Browns' football baptism - to which the organization alluded in a sizzle video posted in mid-April - won't happen in the River Jordan, but the lake named Erie. But for every Browns employee that jumps in with him, Jackson will donate $100 toward his charity, which works to fight human trafficking within the area.

That process continues with Jackson's plunge, which avoids potential disaster by being put off until June, when the water won't be frigid and possibly threaten the coach's health.

"We're working towards making 2018 a much better year for the Cleveland Browns, and I'm hoping to also cleanse ourselves of all the losing for the past two seasons by jumping in", he said.

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