NFL: Browns get a dog (or dawg, if you prefer), make it their mascot

By Associated Press  • 
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The Cleveland Browns' new mascot is a bull mastiff (though not this one) named Swagger.

CLEVELAND -- The newest member of the Cleveland Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.

A dog named Swagger will lead the team onto the field next season, team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin said in a radio interview. Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog "that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors."

The dog mascot is an attempt to reconnect with Cleveland's Dawg Pound of the past. The notoriously rowdy bleacher section in old Municipal Stadium gave Cleveland one of the best home-field advantages.

The Browns will be the fourth team in the league with an animal mascot, joining Seattle (hawk), Denver (Arabian horse) and Baltimore (two ravens).

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