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David Njoku parties with Browns fans after clinching playoff berth

Nikki Chavanelleby:Nikki Chavanelle12/29/23


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Following his team’s 37-20 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night, Cleveland Browns star David Njoku joined fans outside the stadium to celebrate the victory. Fans even shared videos of the former first-round pick taking a shot with the happy Browns contingency.

Njoku led all receivers on Thursday, posting 134 receiving yards on six catches with eight targets. It was his second 100+ yard receiving game of the season and his second in the last three weeks. He had a 104-yard performance with one touchdown against the Bears in the team’s 20-17 win.

The night was so much more than just a good game for Njoku. He helped the Browns clinch their first postseason appearance since 2020 and their third since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999.

“Pretty special night for this organization,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Pretty special night for the fans out there.”

Former free agent Joe Flacco had one of the best games of his career, racking up 296 yards in just the first half. He also threw three touchdown passes with one interception.

“This is obviously a very unique situation for me, so a lot of different emotions are going through my head,” Flacco said after the game. “The city has been so unbelievable. … You can just tell they love football, and it’s special going out there and playing for them.”

After what the Browns managed to accomplish this season, even without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson, it’s no wonder why Njoku felt the love outside the stadium after the game. Njoku is in his seventh season in Cleveland. He was a first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Miami. In his only trip to the postseason so far, the Browns lost in the divisional round.

Njoku escapes potentially deadly backyard blaze

Njoku was involved in a scary incident that left him with severe burns at the beginning of the season. Njoku suffered the burns while attempting to light a fire pit in his yard. Although the situation was serious, it could have been much worse. After the accident, he opened up about his injury.

“I give all the glory to God. When it happened my eyes were open, so I saw everything and I really should’ve been blinded,” Njoku said. “Luckily I’m not, so I give all glory to God.”

Miraculously, Njoku avoided more serious injury. And he even played in Cleveland’s game against Baltimore just a few days after the incident. He was the team’s leading receiver that day, totaling six catches for 46 yards.