CLEVELAND — It has all the makings of a real Browns football game: the cameras, the mascot, the smoke, and most importantly, the players and instant replay.
But it wasn’t an actual game on the field, nor were they actual Brown’s players. At least not yet.
“Just being out there with your team… makes you feel like a pro,” said Glenville High School football player Victor Glenn.
“It’s a big motivation for me, and I’d just be happy if I could play on this field one day,” said player Leshon Humphrey.
Humphrey and Glenn are two of nearly 100 players who took the field at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday night.
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They got a moment to shine while the Browns tested out their two new video boards to make sure that the state-of-the-art control room and supercomputer are ready for the first home preseason game.
“They’re able to do introductions for us, National Anthem, and obviously run some plays. It gives us and our audio and video guys a lot of practice to be ready for Saturday,” said John LaForce, Manager of Youth Football for the Browns.
For legendary coach Ted Ginn, it also serves as a teachable moment for his players.
“If you have dreams and goals you can be in a place like this. And, this is your hometown. You can always use this as leverage to keep them focused and shoot for the stars,” said Ginn.
Since they took the field, the players had been seeing stars with a joy they’ve never felt before.
“It just feels good,” said one player.
“Amazing,” said another.
“Best feeling ever,” shouted a player running by.
“It’s nice, an inspiration,” said the final player in the huddle.
The Browns say the practice was helpful and they will be ready for Saturday.
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