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Notes: Denzel Ward to pay biggest monthly bill for 21 people out of work because of coronavirus pandemic

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward wants to help his hometown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ward, who went to Nordonia High School, announced Wednesday he will cover the biggest monthly expense for 21 people out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis. They can be service workers or small business owners who’ve lost their livelihood.

“It’s unique for me because the community I’m fortunate enough to play for is the community that helped raise me my entire life,” Ward said in the news release. “So to help your neighbors in a time when they might be struggling is just a no-brainer.”

Ward, the No. 4 pick out of Ohio State in 2018, wanted to contribute in a way that would have a direct impact.

“Whether that’s rent or mortgage, or just groceries for your family, I want someone to breathe a little easier knowing that’s taken care of this month,” Ward said.

He’s running the program through his foundation, Make Them Know Your Name. He and his team will review applications and stories submitted through the link on the foundation’s website.

“It’s important to me that people know they’re not alone in this,” Ward said. “We’re all in this together. That’s the Ohio way.”

For more information or to apply, visit or follow Make Them Know Your Name’s social media accounts.


The Browns will unveil their new uniforms this month, executive vice president JW Johnson tweeted Wednesday night.

He didn’t say how they’ll be announced, but the pandemic will prevent the in-person extravaganza the team had for the previous uniform reveal five years ago. So the new duds will likely be rolled out online.

“The new #Browns Uniforms will be released on April…” Johnson tweeted. “Stay Tuned and more importantly stay safe and stay home. God Bless and Go Browns!”



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