Cleveland Browns heartbeat player No. 1: Nick Chubb, RB
Nick Chubb is the heart and soul of the Cleveland Browns. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. What Chubb has brought to this team in how he plays the game and then represents the team off the field is the best of them all. If you are looking for a player that plays the game the right way, look no further than at the former Georgia Bulldog.
Chubb was taken by Cleveland early in the second round of the 2018 draft. He’s been nothing short of amazing ever since. He is climbing the franchise ladder of best running backs ever. He will likely only be second to the great Jim Brown when the dust settles.
He’s been good for over 1,000 yards in three seasons and would have made it to 1,000 in 2018 if it weren’t for former Browns coach Hue Jackson not recognizing what he had in Nick Chubb.
Beyond the statistics, the biggest reason Chubb is the heartbeat of the Browns is because of how he carries himself when he plays. He doesn’t celebrate after scoring touchdowns and doesn’t talk about himself in the narcissistic ways that some players can do.
I’ll never forget the 2020 season with his run at the close of a win against the Houston Texans. With time running out and the team only needing to get a first down to run the clock out, Chubb took a handoff and accelerated past the defense on his way to paydirt.
But in the most team-oriented play that I’ll ever witness, he ran out of bounds at the one-yard line. That allowed his offense to take a knee to preserve the win. He could have added to his touchdown totals but he did what was best in the interest of the “team”.
So, when you watch Nick Chubb run the ball next season, be thankful and appreciate what you are witnessing, simply the heart and soul of the team.