Dawg pound: Browns getting dog mascot 'Swagger'

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Dawg pound: Browns getting dog mascot 'Swagger'
Cleveland Browns team official Jamil Northcutt, left stands with Browns rookies Johnny Manziel and Terrance West by the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy display during the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) walks off the field with Tyler Thigpen (4) and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel runs a passing drill during a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel throws a pass during an NFL football Play 60 youth event at the Cleveland Browns practice facility Friday, June 27, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. The AFC rookies took part in the NFL's annual Rookie Symposium. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)
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CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel's newest teammate with the Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.

A dog named "Swagger" will lead them onto the field next season, Cleveland team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin revealed in a radio interview. Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog "that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors."

The dog mascot is an attempt to re-connect with Cleveland's Dawg Pound of the past. The notoriously rowdy bleacher section in old Municipal Stadium gave Cleveland one of the best home-field advantages.

The Browns will be the fourth team in the league with an animal mascot, joining Seattle (hawk), Denver (Arabian horse) and Baltimore (two ravens).

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