Thanks to some shoddy journalism by The New York Times, Cleveland fans get to once again relive the insanity that is former wide receiver Braylon Edwards. In an interview with the Times, Edwards ripped on Cleveland and the Browns organization once again, making claims such as this:
“There’s nothing going on in Cleveland. There’s no real estate. There’s no social life, no social networking. All the people who have something going on leave Cleveland. So Cleveland has nothing, and I came in there with a New York-type of essence. So what? That was the attitude I came in with. Like, this is who I am. They didn’t like the flash.”
Do we really have to go over this again? Why is it that neither Edwards or his mother – why any journalist thinks the quotes of the mother of a superstar athlete (or most moms with unconditional love for their sons, for that matter) are all that credible to begin with are beyond me – understand that the reason that Cleveland fans hated Edwards was because of his inability to hold onto the ball, specifically on plays that should be easy for an “athletically gifted receiver” to make?
The blue-collar people of Cleveland did not care that Edwards’ was rich, or that he was outspoken and flashy. Fans even like an outspoken and flashy player every once in a while. What Edwards and his mother don’t realize is that a blue-collar town appreciates – get this – blue-collar ideals. That means the people of the city appreciate a workmanlike attitude and ability to perform a job well while taking full responsibility on the final product. None of that describes Braylon Edwards, which is why Browns fans turned on him.
And to once again bring up the fact that he was a Michigan player coming to Ohio is, as usual, absurd. College football grudges and allegiances go out the window when it comes to the NFL; Browns fans loved Edwards until his attitude and sloppy play brought the team down.
If this doesn’t get you riled up enough, then consider this: the New York Jets, Edwards’ current team, come to Cleveland on November 14th.