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Browns ‘Perfect Season’ parade hits fundraising goal with donation from Excedrin

The fundraising goal by a Cleveland Browns fan to raise money for a parade should the currently 0-12 team complete a “perfect season” has been reached thanks to a sizeable donation from … Excedrin?

Long-suffering Browns fan Chris McNeil launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for his planned parade should the team go 0-16. The goal of $10,000 appeared to be a long shot for some time, although like-minded individuals were donating $10 here, $20 there, and even one coming up big with a $1,000 donation.

And then came the huge influx of funds from Excedrin, as the company kicked in a whopping $7,683 to McNeil’s campaign, per a Cleveland.com report.

“All sports fans have felt a team, game or even single play-induced headache at some point,” reads a press release from Scott Yacovino, Senior Brand Manager of Excedrin. “This season has been especially painful for Cleveland football fans. We want them to know we understand their pain and we’re here to help.”

“That’s why Excedrin is so proud to sponsor the Perfect Season Parade…supporting Cleveland fans’ attempt to embrace the silver lining and excitement around celebrating an 0-16 ‘Perfect’ not-so- perfect season. It’s truly heartbreaking – and headache inducing – to watch your favorite team fall short, and we hope the headache relief we can provide will help make January 6th truly special.”

Interestingly — or sadly, depending on one’s point of view — the news that McNeil had reached his fundraising goal came on the same day the Browns announced the firing of vice president Sashi Brown and indicated the plan is for head coach Hue Jackson to be back in 2018.

The seismic developments within the Browns organization aside, the plan is for the parade to be held on Jan. 6, 2018. It merits noting that McNeil was also the guy who was in the process of arranging a “perfect season” parade last year, a “celebration” that was thwarted by the Browns’ Week 16 victory over the then-San Diego Chargers.