A Cleveland Browns player should have always held this record
With 12 wins at First Energy Stadium Baker Mayfield is now the winningest Cleveland Browns quarterback at the facility that opened in 1999. While that is tremendous news, the sad news is the record was held by Ben Roethlisberger. That’s right, an opposing teams’ quarterback who plays in a stadium once a year had more wins than any Browns quarterback who gets 8 shots a year.
This’s just another monkey the Browns were able to get off their back early in the 2020 season. With a 4-1 start to the season, first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski looks to have the team finally headed in the right direction. And boy oh boy are fans tired of the Steelers and Roethlisberger coming into Cleveland and winning.
While the Browns have never been a great football team since their return in 1999, it feels like the Steelers have always had their number. It all started with Jerome Bettis and Hines Ward, then transitioned to Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell and has since turned to Big Ben and Juju Smith-Schuster.
I’ve been to too many of these losses, and the worst part is all the yellow towels often waving in First Energy Stadium because the drive is all too short. Browns fans are often outnumbered in the parking lots and the stadium as the team just hasn’t been good enough to give up your entire Sunday to go to a game.
The tide is changing (finally), and Stefanski has this team in a tremendous spot to compete for the division, or at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs. The final three games vs. the Steelers (2) and Ravens (1) will be as important of games as any since the return of the team. Are the Browns for real? You will find out that answer shortly as the Browns appear to be competitive for the first time in over a decade.
Move over Ben, your role as “owner of First Energy Stadium” on Wikipedia is over and replaced by the rejuvenated Mayfield. Let’s hope Mayfield can keep Roethlisburger’s win total at 11 for the rest of his career in Cleveland!