After Monday's practice, Browns coach Mike Pettine and many players took time to chat with military members from all five branches as well as Fallen Families – those who have lost loved ones in service.
Close to 100 members were greeted by Pettine, quarterback Josh McCown, center Alex Mack, defensive lineman Danny Shelton, offensive lineman Cameron Erving, outside linebacker Nate Orchard and a number of other players. The Browns posed for pictures and signed autographs. McCown, in particular, asked about the military members' backgrounds, where they served and what they thought of the team this season.
Twice over the past few years, Mack has joined the NFL's USO tour, which takes the league's players on a weeklong trip to military bases throughout the Middle East.
Pettine has long proclaimed his affection for the military, and the Browns' new digital camouflage practice jerseys were designed by him. The Browns hosted military members in May for a Memorial Day reception.
"I haven't gone on a USO tour yet," Pettine said recently to military members, "but it's definitely on my to-do list."
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