Cleveland Browns’ Hats Off to Our Heroes Tradition

Following the tragic events of 9/11, the Cleveland Browns adopted a tradition to recognize achievements and humanity of those from the Greater Cleveland area. Dating back to 2001, the Browns have actively paid homage to those who Coast Guard

honorably serve their communities by seating them in the Honor Row as special guests at every home game. At the culmination of the first quarter, those in attendance are asked to turn their attention to the Jumbotron to honor those who server our country.

The Cleveland Browns’ Hats Off to Our Heroes program initiative is a yearly all-encompassing program that is dual purposed in the sense that it honors local heroes, while instilling a sense of pride throughout the Browns’ fan base. The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame named the Hats Off to Our Heroes program ‘2003 Best Single Program’.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Cleveland Browns hosted the U.S. Coast Guard in their Honor Row. The U.S. Coast Guard has secured our Nation’s nautical interests in the heartland, ports, and seas around the globe. They are also responsible for defending the environment, protecting borders and saving those in peril.

The U.S. Coast Guard is comprised of nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard carry out a myriad of civil and military responsibilities.  Coast Guard 2


The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus; “Always Ready.”


Individuals honored at FirstEnergy Stadium during the Browns vs. Raiders game:

Chief Petty Officer Jason Steele, Petty Officers 1st Class Michael Davis and Nick Sawka, Petty 2nd Class Officer Class Greg Woll, Petty 3rd Class Officers Lauren Laughlin, Mario Mileti, Sean Nekoloff, Emily Staton, Ashby Cappelman, Zachary Shade, William Hamilton, and Fireman Andrew Keller.

Pro Player Insiders would like to thank the above listed individuals, and the entire U.S. Coast Guard for their commitment  to protecting our Freedoms.

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