The Cleveland Browns, if nothing else, have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. But cheering that long for a team that hasn’t won a division title since 1989 can become taxing for even the most diehard fans.
Take viral YouTube sensation, boxer, and Betr cofounder Jake Paul, who was raised in the affluent Cleveland suburb of Westlake and considers himself a “lifelong” Browns fan. Paul even participated as the “Dawg Pound captain” last season against the New Orleans Saints, going as far as to smash a Saints-themed guitar against a Browns amp to the delight of the hometown crowd.
Paul is thinking about changing his fandom if things don’t change for the Browns.
“I’ve been a Browns fan my whole life, but it’s just tough,” Paul recently told Fox News Digital. “It’s been 26 years of terror.”
The Browns went a disappointing 7-10 last season after trading for franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, Watson started that season on an 11-game suspension for gross sexual misconduct. The Browns will hope this season goes differently with Watson under center from Week 1.
It will have to, if they want to retain Paul as a fan.
“I’m sort of transitioning over to maybe be a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Unless the Browns can start to do something here,” Paul said.