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Browns safety greets fans at new GetGo

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward signs an autograph for Blake Miller, of Bay Village, Friday at the new GetGo gas station in Westlake. The University of Oregon graduate greeted fans to mark the opening of the larger GetGo station and convenience store. See the article on page X for what Ward had to say about the Browns, prior to their loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward holds Cheyanne Lara as brother Austin sits nearby. Their parents, Tracy and Art, of Sheffield Lake, visited the news Westlake GetGo Friday to meet Ward and get his autograph. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

By Kevin Kelley

Westshore

“Tear ’em apart Sunday,” one football fan told Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward Friday afternoon at the new GetGo gas station at Columbia and Center Ridge roads.

Unfortunately for Browns fans, that didn’t happen as the Browns fell to the Cincinnati Bengals, 41-20. A disastrous second quarter, marked by turnovers and special teams mistakes, saw the Bengals score 31 unanswered points.

But on Friday afternoon, Browns fans were hopeful, believing the team had hit its stride with a 24-18 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens before the bye week.

Ward, now in his fourth year with the franchise, was also hopeful, saying the struggling team had reached a turnaround.

“We’re feeling very good about ourselves right now,” Ward told West Life. “We’re a young, confident team.”

Ward said the new coaching staff this season, led by Rob Chudzinski, is a bit more vibrant and energetic than the previous regime.

“Coaches take the players’ input,” Ward said. The playoffs were a realistic goal, Ward said, adding that the team is taking the season one game at a time.

Ward was on hand to mark the opening of the new GetGo station, which replaces a smaller one at Center Ridge and Dover Center roads. The new GetGo, which opened Nov. 11, features 16 fuel pumps and a car wash, branded WetGo. Hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

A formal grand opening ceremony, attended by Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, took place Thursday. A $1,000 donation was made by GetGo to the Cleveland Foodbank to mark the occasion, company officials said.

The GetGo store will offer free Wi-Fi, free air to inflate tires and a surcharge-free ATM, company officials said in a release. Food offerings will include sub sandwiches, onion rings, breakfast sandwiches, fruit smoothies and espressos.

GetGo gas stations and stores are owned and operated by Giant Eagle. Consumers who have signed up for Giant Eagle’s Advantage Card can save money on fuel purchases based on the dollar amount of groceries they have purchased.

 

 

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