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Cleveland Browns defensive back Aaron Berry (38) walks off the field with Buster Skrine (22) after organized team activities at the team's facility in Berea in June 2014. The Browns signed unrestricted free agent Berry Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Detroit Lions defensive back Aaron Berry (32) before a game against the Atlanta Falcons in Detroit in Oct. 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens (13) runs with the ball as New York Jets defensive back Aaron Berry gives chase during the third quarter of a game in Nov. 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
What started off as fantasy has become reality. The black-and-white images of a city swarming LeBron James in a heartwarming Nike ad upon his return to Cleveland came true at the city’s historic parade, when 1 million fans flooded the streets to swallow James and the Cavaliers in delight.
The Cavs’ NBA championship wasn’t just the first in the team’s 45-year history; it absolved a city and fan base of a lifetime of sports devastation. The broken road to get here took too many detours to count, but it ended with James pounding the court in disbelief, tears in his eyes and joy in his heart.
“Just knowing what our city has been through, Northeast Ohio has been through as far as our sports and everything for the last 50 years,” James said. “Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what’s been going on. They continue to support us. For us to be able to end this drought, our fans deserve it. They deserve it. And it was for them.”