Steve Zashin, a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season-ticket holder since the 1970s, will get the unique opportunity to announce the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Via telephone, Zashin described his excitement level as, “off the charts.”
“In life, you have opportunities to do certain things, and there’s always a way to get a ticket to a special game or a special event, but this is the one thing that you simply don’t have a chance to do at any point in time of your life,” said Zashin, a 43-year old native of Shaker Heights. “This is one of those rare instances where it will be an unforgettable, incredibly memorable event in my life and the lives of my children.”
Zashin won a contest sponsored by the team and will travel to New York for the announcement of the pick with his two sons, Grey, 11, and Stone, 10.
“My father passed away about two-and-a-half years ago, and I remember going to virtually every home Browns game with my father as a kid,” Zashin said. “I’ve tried to instill the loyalty in the team that my father instilled in me into my children. I think it means everything to be a part of the organization. Hopefully, pick number 104 is going to be a fabulous pick for the Browns.”
While he is excited about announcing the Browns’ fourth-round pick, No. 104 overall, there is one thing that makes Zashin nervous.
“I think most people did not believe me, and it will be interesting to see,” Zashin said. “This is on ESPN, but by the time it goes to the fourth round, they cut in and cut out and they don’t show the actual person telling what the pick is. I only hope for pick 104, they do (cut in) so that everybody actually believes that I am the guy that got to call out the pick. I think it’s been disbelief simply because the opportunity is so amazing.”