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Friendly bet between friends ends with Steelers fan jumping into Lake Erie for a good cause

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 06:37:54-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns weren’t the only winners on Sunday.

“I’m so freaking happy the Browns are going to the playoffs,” said Browns fan Danny Reichel.

Reichel made a bet with his buddy William Hope, who is a Steelers fan, over the game.

The loser had to jump in Lake Erie.

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Hope held up his end of the bet and jumped in the frigid lake after the game. As a goodwill gesture, so did Reichel.

But, this was more than a friendly wager. It also served as a fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

“Everybody was hit, every race, every religion, everybody was hit in this pandemic,” said Reichel.

The pair had a goal of raising a $1,000. As of Sunday night, they raised nearly double that—$1,944.

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Donations to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The friends also collected a whole truck full of food donations.

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