Those of us who were there will never forget it, no matter how hard we try. There's still that indelible memory of 80,000 fans roaring and dog bones flying. And then it happened: 15 plays, the touchdown, overtime, a field goal that may or may not have curled inside the upright. Even 25 years after Jan. 11, 1987 — a heartbreak that has since been distilled into eight ugly letters: The Drive — it's hard to let go.
former Browns receiver, current Key Bank executive
"It was an empty feeling being on the sideline when they drove the ball down and scored. I remember going into a restaurant the week of the game, and they had a dish called Steak Brennan. I went back the next week, and the steak was off the menu."
iconic weatherman in his 43rd year as Browns statistician
"During the game, the scale of excitement was a 10-plus. Marty Schottenheimer later told me it was the loudest noise he had ever heard. That stadium was built in 1931, and I thought that was going to be the end of it right then and there."
"Big" Chuck Schodowski
longtime WJW-TV8 personality
"I went to the game with my son and daughter and remember high fiving everybody around me and saying we were going to the Super Bowl. A few days later, someone brought a home movie of the final field goal into the newsroom. It was filmed from behind the goal post. It looked like the kick was no good."
the Bone Lady
"We've all seen it 500 million times on ESPN. Anytime something bad happens in Cleveland, they show The Drive. ... The most telling thing I remember was [John] Elway's s----y little grin. The pleasure on his face just made it worse."