Hue Jackson calls Friday’s jump into Lake Erie a ‘cleansing’
Hue Jackson is a man of his word. That is why the Cleveland Browns head coach will take a plunge into Lake Erie on Friday, an act he referred to earlier this week as a “cleansing.”
Jackson’s upcoming dip into the Great Lake was spawned by some chatter out of the coach following the Browns’ 1-15 campaign in 2016.
“We are not going 1-15 (again). No or I’ll be swimming in the lake over there somewhere,” Jackson said at his end-of-season press conference.
The Browns of course did go on to go 0-16 in 2017. Jackson conceivably could have used the loophole available to him — the Browns did not go 1-15, after all — and he deserves credit for not trying to wiggle out of his obligation on a technicality.
Jackson on Wednesday discussed his impending dip after a Browns OTA session.
“It’s called a dip and get out,” Jackson said, via The News-Herald. “Get in, get out and move on with your life. I’m excited about our organization, (team owners) Dee and Jimmy (Haslam) and being a part of everything that we’re trying to accomplish here from top to bottom. The people in the organization have been outstanding.
“I’ve learned to shut my mouth a little bit more – don’t say something that you might end up having to do. We will get it behind us. I think it’s going to be something special and for a great cause, as well. Like I said, it is going to be a cleansing of our organization, too.”
The Browns are keeping the exact time and location of Jackson’s “cleansing” baptism of sorts under wraps, so there apparently won’t be a bunch of pomp and circumstance surrounding the event.
That said, Jackson is using his personal “pain” to perform a public good, however. Jackson has stated he will donate $100 to his foundation that battles human trafficking for every Browns organization employee who joins him in the water. A reported 100 employees have committed.
None of those 100 volnteers include members of the coaching staff or players, although Jackson said he will invite players to join him for the plunge on Thursday.