To be the Cleveland Browns Fan has been a thankless proposition since the city got the NFL team back in 1999. But a quarterback Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski has given the loyal cause. The Browns are heading to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.
Circling their postseason place with a 24-22 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL Week 17 brought joy to the city. The moment also brought out the best in hardcore fans looking out for one of their own.
The Cleveland Browns are back in the NFL playoffs
When the Cleveland Browns shocked their playing field on January 3, 2021, they had a special guest in attendance. Columbus, Ohio, Tom Seipel, a native of the United States, returned for good in 2019 from missionary work in Nicaragua after the 2017 diagnosis of kidney cancer. By order of his wife, Baker Mayfield recorded a personal video for Seipel two days before Christmas.
However, Emily Mayfield and a group of Browns fans decided that didn’t go far enough. They raised more than $ 24,000 through a GoFundMe campaign that planned to raise $ 5,000 to bring Seipel to Cleveland of Georgia, where it has been receiving in – house hospital care. Seipel watched the Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17 from the Mayfields stadium series.
“If I’m going to die freeze my rod at FirstEnergy Stadium,” Seipel said Cleveland.com, “How to get out.”
Seipel expressed gratitude for the personal interest Emily Mayfield has taken in it, often making messages to see how it feels. After the playoff-clinching effect, she put her husband on the phone to speak to Seipel.
“I told you we were doing it,” the quarterback told him.