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CJ McCollum has been waiting a long time to see his Browns in the playoffs

Trail Blazers

It has been a long time since the Cleveland Browns have been, well, relevant. 

The last time the team had a winning season was in 2007 when they finished 10-5, but missed the playoffs. 

You have to go back another five years to the 2002 season to see the last time the Browns played in the postseason - losing in the wild card game to the Steelers.

That drought comes to an end on Sunday when the Browns (11-5) once again take on the Steelers in the wild card game.

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It's a game 18 years in the making. While the entire city of Cleveland will be rocking, one of their biggest fans will be holding down the fort and cheering loud from the Pacific Northwest.

Trail Blazers star shooting guard CJ McCollum, an Ohio Native, will be wearing his Browns jersey with pride. 

"I can't wait!" Said McCollum after the Blazers win over the Kings. "I've been waiting 15 years for this. I'm excited!"

While he may have been off by a few years in his quick math, but we can't really blame him. McCollum was just 11 years old the last time the Browns played a playoff game. 

Now 29, and off to the best start of his NBA career, McCollum will use the off-day Sunday to let his Brown fandom shine.

 

If you're a betting fan, McCollum has a little advice for you. 

"I think we'll compete. I think we're underdogs by six and a half. I think we cover. Hopefully we can win, but I think we cover for my betting people out there. I look for a big night from Baker (Mayfield). A big night from (Nick) Chubb, he's the one to set up the pass. Crazier things have happened. It will be a tightly contested game." 

The Browns have not won a playoff game in 26 years (a 20-13 victory over the Patriots in the 1995 Wild Card round) and have never beat the Steelers in the playoffs. McCollum isn't the only person hoping both those droughts come to an end Sunday.

According to our partners at PointsBet, the Browns were six-point underdogs as of Saturday night.

If you want to put some money down, put it on the Browns. McCollum will, just like he has all season long.