The man organizing the Browns parade isn’t thrilled to be put in that position.
Chris McNeil said he didn’t expect the Browns to be winless this season, joining the Lions as the only other winless team in NFL history.
“First of all, I didn’t expect it to take place,” McNeil told ESPN. “I expected the Browns to win a game. Second of all, I didn’t want it to happen. I wanted them to win a game.”
The parade will begin at noon on Saturday and will walk counterclockwise around FirstEnergy Stadium. McNeil said he wants the parade goers to do that to create a zero to remind the team of its winless season.
“The Browns have one win in the last two years,” he said. “That’s embarrassing enough to me as a fan.”
McNeil has received criticism for “celebrating” the Browns’ season, but he said it is a way for fans to creatively express themselves.
“The last thing I want to do is embarrass the city,” McNeil said. “As we get closer to the weekend maybe it will have more of a positive spin in terms of the cathartic part, and less of the negativity that has bred underneath the surface.
“We just want to see the Browns win.”
McNeil said the proceeds from the parade will go to the Cleveland Food Bank.