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Sweating it out Sunday

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 27, 2007


Browns center Hank Fraley doesn't rush home after games at Cleveland Browns Stadium and he doesn't figure this week against San Francisco will be any different.

''I do a little tailgating afterwards, friends and family and teammates,'' Fraley said. ''I host a tailgate after every game, win or lose. It's a better tailgate when we win. I used to do it in Philly and I brought it here.''

Fraley said the festivities usually last about two hours, time enough for the traffic to clear. Then if he doesn't go out to dinner, he'll head home to play with his sons before bed, then catch some of the 8 p.m. NFL game.

He'll be watching closely this week. To reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Browns need the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Tennessee Titans in the final game of the regular season.

''I'm sure guys will get together,'' Fraley said. ''I guess we'll go watch that game at 8 o'clock somewhere. It will probably be the first time I've rooted for the Colts.''

Fraley has been one of the Browns' unsung heroes since coming to Cleveland in a trade from Philadelphia on Sept. 2, 2006. After free agent center LeCharles Bentley went down in training camp with a torn patellar tendon that year, the Browns tried what seemed like a cast of thousands at the position. Since Fraley took over, the spot has been stabilized.

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