“So let’s do a preseason game and make it as interesting as possible.”
“The Great Lakes Classic” began in 2002 and was one of the preseason games for both clubs.
The idea for this game came from an inspiration of another preseason game that the 49ers were involved with annually against the Denver Broncos.
The Classic comes to a close
“The Great Lakes Classic” was annually one of the preseason games for both the Lions and Browns and played its final game of the series in 2014. Cleveland won the series 6-5 with the game mostly played in the second preseason game slot.