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Jerry Lawler Tweets On Late Son’s Birthday Ahead Of Browns-Steelers

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It is a day that Cleveland Browns fans have waited 19 years for, the team is back in the playoffs for the first time since a loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers back on January 5th 2003.

The same two teams will do battle in the same place Sunday night, and from the most novice Browns fans to celebrity fans, those that are fans of the Dawg Pound are ready.

One celebrity fan that is ready is longtime wrestler and commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler, who has been a Browns fan for over 40 years since befriending late Browns linebacker Eddie “The Assassin” Johnson at a Browns training camp.

Since then Lawler has worn the brown and orange proudly, though today, on the team’s first playoff game in quite a long time, Lawler is torn.

The wrestler had a late son who many fans are well aware of, known in wrestling circles as “Brian Christopher.”

He was part of a popular tag team, “Too Cool” in WWE back in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s, but Christopher was released in 2001 for illegally conveying drugs across the Canada–United States border.

Lawler’s son bounced around different wrestling organizations for years, but after walking away from the mat wars he was arrested and jailed in 2018 for driving under the influence.

Christopher hung himself on the morning of July 29th 2018 in his jail cell, dying at the young age of 46.

Today on the day of the Browns-Steelers playoff game Lawler went to the gravesite of his son, who happened to be a diehard Steelers fans.

Lawler shared the tweet with his fans, pointing out that today would also have been his son’s 49th birthday.

It’s got to be devastating for Lawler to have so much love for his team, but also to remember the good times with his son on this, his birthday.

Lawler did also tweet out asking fans what Browns apparel will bring his team the most luck for the 8:15pm kickoff tonight.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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