CLEVELAND — When the Cleveland Browns kicked off this strange, COVID-impacted 2020 season, not too many people could have imagined how it would play out.
There were ups. And of course, there were downs.
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But they were all shared with Cleveland and put into context by "The Voice of the Browns, 3News' own Jim Donovan.
Since the team returned to the NFL in 1999, there have been 10 full-time head coaches, dozens of starting quarterbacks, but only one voice.
This weekend, Jimmy will finally get to do something he’s never gotten to experience in his time as the Browns' play-by-play announcer, calling a second-round playoff game.
And you can bet Jim is just as excited as the fans are, because deep inside he’s a hardcore fan with an amazing voice.
“This has been the most unbelievable ride that I have ever experienced now in 22 years calling the Cleveland Browns games on the radio," Jimmy tells us. "It’s been absolutely amazing and it’s been a very pleasant surprise. The Browns have gone way past what I expected from them for this year, considering the type of year that they were looking at with Covid, no training camp, no preseason games and a new head coach. To win 12 games already and be in the second round of the playoffs, taking on the defending Super Bowl champions, already dismissing the team that always haunted you, the Pittsburgh Steelers the week before, it is absolutely amazing.”
Yes, it's been an amazing season, but also an interesting season for Jimmy behind the microphone. Due to COVID-19, the Browns Radio Network hasn’t been traveling to away games, so he’s been calling all them from FirstEnergy Stadium. So that’s where Jimmy will be on Sunday, when he finally gets to call a Browns AFC Divsional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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