Past and Present Browns Players Congratulate the Cavs for Ending Cleveland's Championship Drought

Joe Haden and Jim Brown are among the the Browns players celebrating the Cavaliers' championship.

Cleveland is no longer the "Mistake on the Lake."

With the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the first professional sports championship since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964, residents of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are euphoric.

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Clevelanders are so overjoyed that even former and current Browns players are joining the festivities. Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown tweeted congratulatory messages to the Cavs on Monday morning.


Along with former and current Browns players congratulating the Cavs, Tim Brokaw, co-owner of advertising agency Brokaw Inc., posted a photo on Instagram announcing the retirement of the infamous Browns quarterback jersey.

Brokaw created the jersey and displayed it in the window of his agency. The jersey lists all 24 quarterbacks who have started a game for the Browns since 1999, beginning with Tim Couch, the Browns' first overall draft pick in 1999.

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From Couch to the likes of Jeff Garcia, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden, the team has had a bevy of quarterbacks who haven't quite lived up to expectations.

But since the Cavs lifted the Cleveland sports curse with an NBA title, Brokaw is retiring the jersey.

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This could be a sign that the Browns are headed for better days. After signing quarterback Robert Griffin III and drafting former Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman and former USC quarterback Cody Kessler, the team appears to be taking steps to ensure a brighter future.

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