FILE - In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson speaks at an NFL football press conference in Berea, Ohio. Jackson’s ready to take his dip for the Browns’ sunken season. Cleveland’s coach will jump into Lake Erie on Friday, June 1, 2018, fulfilling the promise he made last year as the Browns were stumbling to just the second 0-16 record in NFL history. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP, File)

Splish, splash, Browns coach Jackson takes a Lake Erie bath

June 01, 2018 - 4:07 pm

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson survived a zero-win season and a chilly dip in the lake .

Cleveland's coach made good on his promise and jumped into Lake Erie on Friday, a plunge he hopes will wash away years of losing and frustration for the Browns and fans who haven't had much to cheer about in years.

Under an overcast sky and with a news helicopter hovering over a local beach, Jackson ran into the water along his wife, Michelle; Browns owner Dee Haslam; and nearly 150 team employees.

Jackson submerged into the 72-degree water, popped up and nearly lost his swim trunks before splashing in the surf.

While the Browns were staggering to a 0-16 season, Jackson promised he would jump in if the team duplicated its 1-15 season from his first year.

Jackson turned his plunge into a fundraiser for his foundation and raised $30,000.


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