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This Sunday, Hue Jackson returns to Cleveland for the first time since being fired on October 29. It is, in my opinion, imperative that the Browns and the fans in the stadium act appropriately towards Hue. Much like when LeBron returned to Cleveland last month, the Browns should do something to honor Hue. Here are five ideas of what they can do.
One of the nice things when walking into stadiums and arenas is looking at the retired numbers and not just of the players. The Indians have 455 retired to honor the 455 consecutive sell-outs. The New York Knicks retired 613 in honor of Red Holzman’s 613 victories. After having retired Joe Thomas’ 10,363 earlier this season, why not put Hue’s record up right next to it? It would not only honor Hue Jackson on Sunday but for all of eternity.
Everyone loves a good video. Why not show some of Hue’s iconic moments, like when he couldn’t find the challenge flag or that time he stood on the sidelines with his arms crossed. Classic moments like these made Hue Jackson the coach he is today. Of course, after the game, the Browns should give him a copy of the video so that he can watch the tape later.
Hue deserves a standing ovation. Maybe not for what he did in the two and a half years with the Browns, but by helping the Bengals regress so much that the Browns are no longer in last place in the division. I would even suggest adding a slow clap when he first comes onto the field, so he knows Sunday, but what he means to all of us.
There is a good video moment in the movie “Mr. 3,000” where the Brewers are honoring Stan Ross and they bring out former teammates. The only guy who shows up is an arm crossed middle reliever who was a teammate for a short time. I feel like the Browns can do something similar and bring back players like Randall Telfer and Tank Carder to help honor Hue at a pregame ceremony. If the Browns do this, they should contact NFL Network reporter and Hue Jackson buddy, Mike Silver, Sunday but him being the emcee.
I was going to suggest building a statue, but I feel like that wouldn’t be ready by Sunday. However, a plaque could be made relatively quickly. Hue could hang this in his office in Cincinnati until he gets fired from there, possibly as soon as the end of the season.