Browns auctioning off chance for fans to call plays

Monday morning quarterbacks finally have their chance.

The Browns will give two people the opportunity to help script the first 15 plays of one of their preseason games, all for a good cause. The team announced the reward Friday as part of the package for winners of the “All In Challenge,” in which celebrities, athletes and teams have offered prizes to raise money for the hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The highest bidder in an auction and one raffle winner will get the chance to help head coach Kevin Stefanski and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt pick through the playbook. They will also be invited to the team dinner and team meeting the night before the game, in addition to other perks, with proceeds going to Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

“Giving back is a core component of who we are as an organization,” Stefanski said in a statement. “With the global pandemic, it’s really important we step up when there are others in need. Just look around at the frontline workers, the health care workers. They’re stepping up right now, they’re working tirelessly, they’re working courageously and it’s really inspired our organization to join the All In Challenge.”

The Titans offered the same play-calling opportunity to fans for charity in a 2016 preseason game. It might have worked out too well, as the first two plays — called by fans — went for a 15-yard run and a 31-yard pass. The next three plays, called by the coaching staff, went for a total of five yards.

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