Plane rides home after a loss on the road are never fun for NFL teams. But the 45-minute trip from Cincinnati back to Cleveland was particularly bad for the Browns on Sunday afternoon.
According to Browns guard Jason Pinkston (pictured above), the Browns endured a "terrifying" flight home due to all of the bad weather that moved across the country on Sunday. Originally, the Browns were going to take a bus back to Cleveland rather than fly. But at the last minute, they opted to take a flight home since the weather appeared to be clearing up. But, well, it didn't—and it caused a really scary flight.
"It was terrifying," Pinkston said later. "It was the real thing. The weather was so bad. We were coming in to land and [the pilot] had to go kind of fast to balance it out and we came down and we hit on two wheels. The [left] wing was literally three feet from hitting the ground. We're actually pretty lucky to be alive right now, to be honest. We really escaped one. We got away with one last night."
Pinkston said he wasn't the only one who was nervous, either. The flight was filled with almost nothing but big, tough football players. But Pinkston revealed that a lot of guys were scared when it came time to land.
"There were a bunch of screams," he said. "You could hear everyone screaming on the plane. It was pretty real. I screamed, because I was sitting right over the [left] wing. My window was open and I saw the whole thing."
Fortunately, the trip didn't end in disaster. But it sounds like it came pretty damn close.