Thursday, 01 August 2019 04:58

Clay Matthews Jr. Headed to Browns Ring of Honor

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Written By Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com Senior Writer

Clay Matthews wasn’t expecting the call, and he certainly wasn’t expecting what followed.

The Browns Legend learned he was headed to the team’s Ring of Honor when general manager John Dorsey surprised him with a phone call earlier this summer. It was a true stunner for Matthews, who starred for a whopping 16 seasons with the Browns before closing his 19-year career with the Falcons.

“I was honored,” Matthews said. “I mean, the Browns have a pretty good legacy of players in that group. We lived through that generation of players mostly in the 60s who were so successful, and to be included in that group is just an honor.

“It seems like they're doing a pretty good job of picking talent around there, so I'm going to ride that wave. The Browns, even though they had a little hiccup for a while when the team went away and came back, that's what you think of when you think of the NFL. At least for myself growing up, the Browns, Packers, Bears, those type of teams that were there from long ago. To be included at this level is just a huge honor."

Matthews will be honored during halftime of Cleveland’s Week 3, Sunday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. His son, Clay Matthews III, is a linebacker for the Rams.

“With that platform, gosh,” Matthews said. “To honor me at the platform and with that going on and having him here, I'm just honored. I'm honored by the Haslam family and the folks who think I'm worthy of doing it.”


Matthews will become the first player inducted into the Browns Ring of Honor who has not yet been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Matthews has been a semifinalist to make the Hall of Fame three times, the most recent of which coming this past year.

"To me it was a no-brainer," Dorsey said. "That guy symbolizes everything it means to be a Cleveland Brown. Respect and honor for the game of professional football. His passion for the game. I can't wait to meet him when we do this against the Los Angeles Rams. It will be special for him.

"The coolest thing was when we called him up and let him know what we were doing in regards to his day, I got a little nervous because it was Clay Matthews Jr. and he was one of those guys I personally looked up to and thought was an exceptional football player in his era. I've always been taught if you dominate the league during a decade you should definitely be going into the Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame."

Matthews, considered one of the league’s best linebackers and most durable players, played in 278 games — the21st most in NFL history — and amassed 1,561 tackles over that span. Matthews was a three-time All Pro and received four Pro Bowl nods. During his 16 seasons with the Browns (1978-93), Matthews had 76.5 sacks, 1,430 total tackles, 14 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles and 13 recoveries.

The Browns selected Matthews with the 12th overall pick in the same 1978 NFL Draft that featured Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, whom the Browns picked 11 spots later at No. 23. Matthews emerged as a starter in his second season and was at the heart of Cleveland’s defense during the team’s run through the 1980s, which included back-to-back AFC Championship game appearances. It was a special time in the life of Matthews, who made his home in Strongsville during his playing days and now resides in Los Angeles.

It promises to be special once more when Matthews, surrounded by friends, family and former Browns teammates, is honored in a way he never expected.

“We'll have them all there,” Matthews said. “They love their time back here. All of them talk about it. Heck, they'd come back even if I wasn't honored.

“When I come back here, the folks are just so involved and cared so much about the team. It made my 16 years here just delightful. The way you could go anywhere, and folks here wouldn't bother you too much, but you'd have a conversation and they were knowledgeable and informed. It was just a great experience. The only thing lacking was getting completely over the top and winning the Super Bowl, but we're heading in the right direction.”

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:41

APD Investigating Circle K Smash and Grab

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Akron Police are looking for three suspects who drove a vehicle, likely a large one, through the front doors of the Circle K at 1877 Triplett Boulevard early Tuesday morning, loaded up the ATM from inside, and then took off. 

An employee of the gas station told police he was mopping the floor when he saw the suspect vehicle coming towards the building about 4 a.m. He dropped the mop and locked himself inside of store's office in the back. 

According to the APD report, the suspects fled the scene, but later ditched that vehicle in a parking lot along Massillon Road. A witness told police that they saw the suspects get into a silver Chevy Suburban and drive off from that second location on Massillon Road. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490. 

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:26

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/31/2019

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:19 - After the Indians’ 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros, they took care of a couple of needs in a big three-team trade. The Tribe sent Trevor Bauer to the Reds, and picked up a haul from both Cincinnati and San Diego in acquiring the bats of Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes. Ray and Tony touched on the deal, which, out of the three teams, benefits the Indians the most.

6:19 - Tuesday was Barberton mayor Bill Judge’s state of the city address, and he recapped what he mentioned with Ray the next morning. Those topics included the loss of B&W and the gain of the Amazon fulfillment center in the immediate area.

12:48 - Norton superintendent Dana Addis talked about We Roar Together, a new five-year plan for their school system.

17:53 - Ray and Tony talked a little more on the trade, and more on Bauer’s contract and antics.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:12

Former St. V Coach Indicted for Sexual Battery

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Former St. Vincent-St. Mary High School wrestling coach Justin "Harry" Lester has been indicted on sexual battery charges. 

According to court documents, it's alleged that Lester, of Uniontown, was having a sexual relationship with a student for more than a year, that started back in April of 2018. At that time, the girl was a senior at St. V and 18-years-old.  

Akron Police first launched their investigation into Lester after the victim told police that Lester assaulted her more than once over the course of a year. Court documents identify the location of at least one of the alleged incidents as the St. Vincent-St. Mary's Cosgrove Center, which is where most of the school's athletic events are held. 

Once the school was made aware of the investigation, Lester was placed on upaid leave in April of 2019 and then fired less than a month later. 

In addition to the battery charges, Cleveland.com is reporting that Lester is accused of providing alcohol to someone who is under the age of 21. It does not indicated whether the sexual assault victim is that same underage person. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 08:35

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/30/2019

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:19 - Kelly Elliott Dine is a teacher at North High School in Akron, and she moonlights as a baseball umpire. But not just any umpire, one that works Division I college baseball and will be heading to Williamsport to the Little League World Series. Kelly talked about how she got started as an umpire in Tallmadge and how she’s grown and expanded since.

5:49 - Browns training camp day five has been completed, and Baker Mayfield is making it known that it’s his team. Also, head coach Freddie Kitchens is punishing the entire team over a scuffle between two players. Are these good things?

11:51 - Capital One had a data breach that affected over 100 million people. This is yet another large company with a massive data breach, as our tech guru Jeanne Destro discusses.

17:34 - And finally, Bobby D from the Tribe came on to give an update on Corey Kluber, preview the trade deadline, and look ahead to the tougher homestand.

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Michael Modjallal of Akron was killed while driving through western Pennsylvania when a deer went through his windshield.

The accident reportedly happened just after 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, along State Route 68 in Connoquenessing. 

 

WKYC.com is reporting that state police say another driver hit the deer, sending it airborne and then through the windshield of Modjallal's SUV.

His passenger, identified as his wife Lucia Modjallal, was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

No one else was reportedly injured. 

Monday, 29 July 2019 08:52

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/29/2019

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:19 - Ray is back from his vacation, though it wasn’t a vacation for Trevor Bauer and the Indians on Sunday. After imploding on the mound during the Indians’ 9-6 loss to Kansas City, a visibly upset Bauer launched a ball over the centerfield fence before leaving the mound. Ray and Tony discussed this topic in depth.

6:31 - A little more on the Bauer saga and how pitchers and athletes should conduct themselves.

13:20 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by as always this Monday, and he touched on the wave of heartworm occurring in the Akron area due to the wet spring/early summer and influx of mosquitos. Dr. Riggs is also the veterinarian at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and he shared some facts about sharks during Shark Week.

19:32 - Today is National Chicken Wing Day, and Ray mentioned a few facts on chicken wings, which were invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964.

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Friday, 26 July 2019 09:39

Parma Man Killed Along Coventry Twp Road

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is reporting a 29-year-old man from Parma was killed in that accident that closed State Mill Road in Coventry Township for more than 3 hours Friday morning.

Reports are that two pedestrians were walking along State Mill Road, one of them, the man that was killed, actually in the roadway. At about 5:30 Friday morning, the victim was hit by an oncoming Honda CRV driven by a 71-year-old man from Coventry Township. 

The victim was taken to Akron General where he was later pronounced dead. 

Neither the driver nor the other pedestrian suffered any injuries. 

The investigation into the accident is ongoing. 

Friday, 26 July 2019 08:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/26/2019

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:19 - As Ray Horner wraps up his vacation in South Carolina, Tony Mazur fills in once again. Tony pondered why local television did not work in Akron with WAKR/TV-23. This apparently set off a bat signal, and former WAKR/WAKC newsman Mark Williamson (now with Akron Public Schools) called into the program to discuss why Akron TV seemed doomed from the beginning.

8:01 - William Sanderson is a character actor who’s appeared in everything from Deadwood to The Rocketeer, to 1982’s Blade Runner. He may be best known for his comedic cameos as Larry from the sitcom Newhart. He talked about his career playing various roles, and he promoted his new book Yes, I’m That Guy: The Rough-And-Tumble Life of a Character Actor.

19:03 - Our movie guy and WQMX morning man Scott Wynn stopped by to talk about what’s happening at the theaters. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is out now, and the Mr. Rogers trailer with Tom Hanks has made waves.

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Friday, 26 July 2019 07:39

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-7-26-19 Featured

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This week, Amazon bringing 2,700 new jobs to Northeast Ohio, beating the heat with building design and technology, electric cars powered with water, and artificial intelligence links built into your brain. 


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