Hue Jackson has gone 1-31 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and somehow the only repercussion from his worst-ever experience so far will be jumping into some water. In June.
Jackson will dive into Lake Erie June 1, following up on his post-2016 promise his Browns wouldn’t repeat their awful 1-15 season in 2017. While the woefully unsuccessful head coach was technically correct — Cleveland was somehow an even more ignominious 0-16 last fall — he’s still getting dunked in order to “make good on [his] word.”
Jackson will be joined by more than 100 Browns employees for the plunge, and they’ll submerge for a good cause. The head coach will donate $100 for every Browns employee who jumps in with him to the “fight to end human trafficking in Northeast Ohio” through his Hue Jackson Foundation.
“It’s going to be a fun time, it’s going to be something that’s special to me and the organization and everybody involved,” he said two days before the jump, “because this is going to turn the page on a lot of things that have gone on here.”
He’s also hoping a visit to the lake will “cleanse [the team] of all the losing of the past two seasons” which, if you’re keeping track, was 31 of the team’s last 32 games. Things are looking up for 2018, at least. He’ll have the most accomplished quarterback the Browns have had since their rebirth in 1999 as Tyrod Taylor and rookie No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield compete to lead a revamped offense that should help put a winless season in the team’s rear view. Pro Football Focus lists Cleveland as the most improved team in the AFC North.
Sadly, the club has no plans to livestream the event, but Jackson promises a follow-up video that should cover all the festivities.
It’s safe to say jumping into Lake Erie in June will be much more comfortable than breaking through the ice for a swim in January immediately after Cleveland became the second franchise in NFL history to record an 0-16 season. Doctors wouldn’t let Jackson, who has a stent in his heart to help relieve a medical condition, make the jump into 30-degree water due to health concerns.
The time of the jump is still unknown, but hopefully Jackson is able to avoid the rain. There’s a 50 percent chance of storms in Cleveland on Friday. Either way, Jackson’s going to endure it not only because he said he would, but also to help fight human trafficking.
That’s a rare win for the Browns these past two years.