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WC alumn shares his journey to the Cleveland Browns with students

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WC alumn shares his journey to the Cleveland Browns with students

Right to left in front: Camille Holzschuh, Baylee Horvath, Mike Annarella, & Tenia Gray. Back row left to right: Katie Henningsen, Tim Spicer, Collin Kelly, Frankie Manios, Blake Buckley, Aaron Pierce, Tommy Howell, and Mason Flannigan.

When you attend Westminster College, you never know who’ll visit campus.

Mike Annarella, public relations grad ‘15, is the Communication Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. In his recent campus visit, he shared his wisdom & insight with tomorrow’s leaders in sports business, PR, and communication.

Annarella journey started at Westminster where he played football, worked with the Titan's SID, and served as sports editor for THE HOLCAD.

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My classmate and dear friend - Chuck Fisher - Class of 1974 and Captain of the Cross Country team also worked for the Browns when they were owned by Art Modell. Chuck was a runner and a native of Rochester NY - Greek Aracadia High School. When "Fish" graduated he went to work for J & L Steel in Louisville, OH and went to night school to get his graduate degree in Sports Administration/Communications as his dream job was to work for a major sports team. He achieved that dream and spend several years with the Browns. In September 1986 Chuck worked late in Cleveland while the team had gone to Chicago for a game. The team had a plane waiting for him at the airport - which at that time had a number of railroad tracks near the entrance. Being in a hurry - late at night and wanting to catch the plane - Chuck bypassed the closed crossing gate (down because a work crew had a work car sitting on switch) and after waiting a period of time, Chuck went around a line of cars as and he passed the gate, was hit broad side by a train on one of the other tracks going over 40 miles an hour. Chuck did not survive. At the time of his death, he left his wife Jamie with triplet sons about 3 years old (born pre mature weighing less that 3 pounds each at the time - my wife and I, with Bill and Deb Foster to attend the Cleveland 500 race where another classmate - Bill Murphy was working in the pit crew of the Rick Mears/Penski Race Team - were there when they were born) and an infant daughter not yet 1. Every year Westminster sponsors the 1st Cross Country Meet of the year - the Fisher Invitational - and his parents provided the Track/Cross Country trophy case in the Field House. Every year in September I fondly remember this great Titan. You never know what that Westminster connection will mean as you go through life and how others may not remember the story - but now there is another Westminster connection to the Browns!. Jim Giel, Jr. - Class of 1974

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