As one of the new guys on the NFL head coaching block, Mike Pettine is not about to be bullied by any of the veterans in the league.
He and his team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the New York Jets and head coach Rex Ryan in a big way.
"On behalf of the Cleveland Browns and the Haslam 3 Foundation, we accept the Challenge that we received from the Ravens and especially the New York Jets," Pettine said. "We’ll be making a sizable donation in the name of O.J. Brigance — he’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever come across on this planet.
"Also, Rex: I know you want to punch me in the face, anytime you want to go toe-to-toe, you know where to find me."
Brigance is a former NFL and CFL player diagnosed with ALS who is currently works for the Ravens.
After taking the challenge, Pettine told reporters about the experience.
"I got lucky with the ice bath. I was braced for it. They were a little bit heavy for the guys to lift. I got some down the back and it was refreshing. It was good. It’s for a great cause. I was around O.J. Brigance, who’s afflicted by ALS, in Baltimore and he’s just an amazing person."
Of course, no challenge is complete without being passed along, and Pettine issued challenges to ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew, "especially Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico," the show’s color analyst and play-by-play man.