Cleveland, you have not filled Braylon Edwards with holiday joy

MJD
December 18, 2008

Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards isn't feeling loved by the people of Cleveland. He's out there, running hard and blocking all Sunday long, but ask your average Clevelander who they love, and all you'll get are sonnets to Drew Carey. It isn't fair.

Before we figure out who's to blame in the abusive Braylon/Cleveland relationship, let's see what Braylon had to say.

"I've learned since being here that I'm very unappreciated. Not by the organization, just in the eyes of the fans and the city. Since Day One, I've been a marked man coming from Michigan. It's just gone that way."

"I'm not Paul Warfield, Webster Slaughter or Jim Brown. I've given my all to this city for four years, and I realize it will never be enough. I went to the Pro Bowl last year and resurrected this team from the darkness, and nobody cared."

"People in this town believe they are entitled to too much. They have been disrespectful to me and my family. I've gone out in public with my family and have had to deal with being called foul names. My parents have been called vulgar things at restaurants."

First, no one cares that you went to Michigan. I know Ohio and Michigan have this cute little college rivalry, but when people show up to watch the Browns on Sunday, no one's thinking about Michigan. You remember how when you were in high school, you hated the cross-town rivals, and then you got to college, and you kinda thought, "You know, I don't really care about that high school stuff anymore"? It's a lot like that.

Secondly, you did not "resurrect this team from the darkness." Let's save the word "resurrect" for dark, conflicted comic book characters and long-haired carpenters who were nailed to crosses, alright? You're a good receiver. You helped Cleveland improve. You did not perform a supernatural act.

But even with all that said, I'll take your side here. The people of Cleveland owe you a little bit of football gratitude, and obviously, if they're harassing your family, that's crossing a line, and those people belong in prison.

To the fans of the Browns, I'd say this about your football team: Braylon Edwards is the least of your problems. The fact that he's had a case of the dropsies makes him an easy target right now, but Braylon Edwards is not your problem. He works hard. He doesn't complain. As far as wide receivers go, he's relatively sane. This "Braylon drops everything" phase will pass.

So worry about the quarterback position, worry about your secondary, worry about getting a little pressure on the opposing quarterback, and send Braylon a litle bit of love. And then hope he doesn't drop it.