Hudson head football coach Ron Wright will certainly cherish being named the 2013 Cleveland Browns High School Coach of the Year.
He also has a sense of humor about it.
"It's kind of an old Cleveland joke," Wright said. "Everyone has watched 'A Christmas Story.' I thought of the scene when Darren McGavin won a leg lamp. I won an award I didn't expect to win."
Wright, who was one of 10 finalists, was honored during the first quarter of the Browns' 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears Dec. 14 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
"I didn't get booed," he said. "They booed the Browns."
Wright guided the Explorers to a 10-2 record and a trip to the second round of the Division I playoffs in 2013.
The award is based on Hudson's success during the regular season and the Explorers' performance during the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week Sept. 21.
Hudson earned a 22-13 victory over Brunswick in a contest that took two days to complete because of inclement weather.
"It was quite an honor," Wright said. "It was a pleasant surprise. The award isn't about Ron Wright. It's about our staff, all our kids and all the people who follow Hudson football."
Wright attended the Browns' game with his 15-year-old son, Jared, a freshman at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
In addition to presenting Wright a plaque to commemorate the honor, the Browns also are expected to make a $4,000 donation to the Hudson football program.
All 10 finalists for Cleveland Browns Coach of the Year received contributions of $2,000 earlier this season.