GRAFTON, Ohio — As the Cleveland Browns prepare to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday evening, fans are ready to celebrate and the Grafton community has found a creative way to commemorate the longtime rivalry.
David Chaffin, lead pastor at the North Eaton Christian Church, is Pittsburgh born and raised and a die hard Steelers fan, but now living in Northeast Ohio, his neighbors have had some fun with his fandom.
The community has covered his yard with more than a dozen Browns yard signs as part of a fundraising event for the church.
Churchgoers, members of the community or just people passing by can donate a few dollars to add to the collection of Browns memorabilia in the Steelers fan’s front yard.
“We kind of just tease back and forth. Then last year we did this, but of course, we were in the building. We completely covered his office with all things Browns so people could come in and see and check it out. And so we raised a thousand dollars,” said Polly Talos, ministry assistant at the church.
During last week’s Browns-Steelers match-up, the church raised $400 with the yard signs and they’re hoping to double that by kickoff Sunday night.
To donate to the fund and add to Chaffin’s yard, click here.