Final farewell: Browns fans say goodbye to beloved mascot ‘Swagger’ at memorial service

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WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (WJW) —  Browns fans said their final goodbyes to the team's first-ever canine mascot Saturday afternoon.

Swagger, a 145-pound bull mastiff, passed away on Feb. 7 after suffering a stroke. He was 6 years old.

His son, SJ, will now take over the team's mascot duties full-time.

Swagger and SJ's owner believes fans will connect with SJ, just as they did with his father.

Swagger's memorial service was held Saturday afternoon at DeJohn Funeral Home in Willoughby Hills.

Swagger made his debut with the Browns in 2014. He ran through the tunnel of FirstEnergy Stadium at every home game. Swagger retired in October and was replaced by his son, SJ.

Both dogs are from FD Farms in Rootstown, operated by Fred and Debby McLaughlin. Their son, Justin, served as handler for Swagger and SJ.

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