July 24, 2016

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Cleveland adds some Swagger with real dog mascot

CLEVELAND — Browns fan experience director Kevin Griffin is reaching deeper into his bag of tricks for the upcoming season.

Cleveland’s players will be led onto the field by an actual dog — a bull mastiff named Swagger — for all games at FirstEnergy Stadium, Griffin said in an interview with WKRK-FM 92.3.

A Browns spokesman declined to officially announce the live canine addition Monday, but Griffin revealed the news on one of the franchise’s radio rights holders.

Swagger will join mascot characters Chomps (a dog) and Brownie (an elf) on the sidelines this fall as Cleveland continues to pay homage to the Dawg Pound.

Griffin joined the Browns on May 8, 2013 after an eight-year stint running the in-game presentations of the Seattle Seahawks and MLS’ Seattle Sounders. He represented the team last weekend in an appearance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In his first season in Cleveland, Griffin debuted wiener dog races and a drum line at home games. Fans in the lower end zone sections also unfurled large banners during the first quarter to loud ovations.

In other Browns news, free tickets will be made available Thursday at 10 a.m. — exclusively at ClevelandBrowns.com — for the annual “Family Day” intrasquad scrimmage.

Fans can request up to six seats for the Aug. 2 event at InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. with the practice beginning one hour later.

Browns players will sign autographs following the final snap at approximately 2 p.m.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.