Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is out to prove that he’s a man of his word.
After finishing the 2016 season with a miserable record of 1-15, Jackson promised fans that the Browns would produce better results in 2017 or they “would find him swimming in the lake.” They didn’t. They were even worse, in fact, finishing a winless 0-16. And now it’s time to pay up.
According to USA Today, The Cleveland organization announced Monday via Twitter that Jackson will be making good on his promise by jumping into Lake Erie on June 1, and he’s turned the whole thing into a fundraiser for his foundation.
“Fortunately I’m not going alone, Many members of the Browns organization have agreed to jump with me,” Brown said, adding that he’s also promised to donate $100 for every individual who jumps in the lake with him to The Hue Jackson Foundation, which he set up a year ago to fight human trafficking. “My goal is to get $15,000.”
Jackson hopes the event, which will be a private one open only to members of the organization, will also serve to wash away the 1-32 nightmare of the past two seasons.
“We are working toward making 2018 a much better year for the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said, “And I’m hoping to also cleanse ourselves of all the losing for the past two seasons by jumping in.”