CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Jan. 4, 2021.
“Guys, I am proud of you, OK,” Stefanski said. “I've got to say something, though. Was the goal ever just to go to the playoffs?”
“No, sir,” the team replied in unison.
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“You got more in you?” Stefanski asked.
“Yes, sir,” they said.
“Good, because I’m gonna need it,” Stefanski added before tossing a football to guard Joel Bitonio.
He held the ball up with a few words.
“This means a lot,” Bitonio said. “We’ve got a lot more work to do, but I appreciate being on a winning team [and] changing the culture here.”
Stefanski then gave a ball to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
“We appreciate this guy [Stefanski], his staff and you guys,” Haslam said as the team applauded. “Great win!”
The moment ended with these final words from Stefanski: “That is a great team win. I am so proud of you guys. Think about the resiliency of the guys that didn’t even know they were playing today and stepped up. That is what it’s all about.”
Next, the team travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers (yes, again) in the Wild Card round. The game will air on Channel 3.
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