82-year-old Browns fan who volunteers at Pro Football Hall of Fame reacts to Chudzinski hiring
Senior citizen hopes new coach gets Super Bowl
Bob Jones, newsnet5.com
4:34 PM, Jan 11, 2013
4:35 PM, Jan 11, 2013
CANTON, Ohio - Beverly Souers' memories and passion for the Cleveland Browns date back seven decades. Her love for the brown and orange started after she attended games at Cleveland Stadium.
"Daddy would take me to the Cleveland Browns. I was very young then. That was the 40s, the early 40s," Souers said.
Souers, 82, has lived through the magical times in Browns history and still cherishes the names Otto Graham, Jim Brown and Paul Brown.
She also experienced the heartache of Red Right 88, The Drive and The Fumble.
She volunteers in the Super Bowl room at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, where she enjoys showing off the permanent display of Super Bowl rings, and this year's Super Bowl trophy, on display until next week.
But what Souers really loves to talk about is her devotion to the Browns.
She's excited about Rob Chudzinski getting the head coaching job.
"I checked the records from the past and I think they picked a good man," Souers said.
Not everyone is celebrating the hiring of Chudzinski, since he has never been a head coach.
Garry Miller, a Browns fans from Vermillion, visited the hall of fame on Friday and wondered if Chudzinski was the best choice.
"I hope they didn't fire somebody and not do any better," Miller said.
Souers refuses to fumble her faith in the Browns and believes owner Jimmy Haslam knows what he's doing.
"I think whoever did select him has known his past better than I, so they would know what they're doing in choosing, I hope," Souers said.
As the Browns start over again, Souers remains optimistic that an elusive Super Bowl trophy for the Browns will one day make it into the hall of fame.
Standing next to the trophy for Super Bowl XLVII, Souers said, "I hope real soon. Let's give them another two years, right?"