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July 14, 2014

Cleveland Browns getting 'Swagger’ with new dog mascot

CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel’s newest teammate with the Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.

A dog named “Swagger” will lead them onto the field next season, Cleveland team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin revealed in a radio interview.

Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog “that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors.”

The dog mascot is an attempt to re-connect with Cleveland’s Dawg Pound of the past. The notoriously rowdy bleacher section in old Municipal Stadium gave Cleveland one of the best home-field advantages.

The Browns will be the fourth team in the league with an animal mascot, joining Seattle (hawk), Denver (Arabian horse) and Baltimore (two ravens).

 

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