It's no secret that it's been a tough couple decades years to be a Browns fan, but with the arrival of new coach Hue Jackson comes new optimism. And as we learned Thursday it isn't just Jackson who will be a strong presence in Cleveland, but Browns legend Jim Brown as well.

Brown has worked with the team for years, but with Jackson in town, he will take on an expanded role with the organization in a liaison's role.

Here is Jackson explaining the relationship to Cleveland.com:

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"He understands these young men. He understands truly how to deal with them, how to motivate them and how to push them and to me a guy like Jim, not to use him as a resource, would be not very smart on my part. He's been outstanding.''

"I've never played in he National Football league so there's people who are going to be able to give them very experienced advice on what they are dealing with, not just within the organization but also within the community and how they can be successful,'' said Jackson. "That's very important."

Brown expanded his role a step further.

"That's what I do in real life,'' he said. "I do it in Cleveland on the streets. I try to keep the respect in that arena, and I try to bring the right story."

"Sometimes you have to recognize that they have a psychological problem based on their upbringing, lack of father's love, trying to be with the boys on the corner,'' Brown said. "All of those things come into play, and when someone steps in, like in my life, someone stepped in and guided me, I am beholden to them forever. I am a believer in trying to help people help themselves.''

For the first time in a long time, it seems like things are headed in the right direction for the Browns.