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Browns' Haden has matured into elite cornerback

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Browns' Haden moves into elite cornerback class

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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2013 file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates after …

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns cornerback Joe Haden has settled down, and in doing so, elevated his game.

Haden credits his marriage last summer to his longtime girlfriend, Sarah, for making him a better person and player. Haden says he has grown up and is focused on ''just football now, all football.''

In his fourth season, Haden has moved himself into a class with the NFL's top defensive backs. Last week, he intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown while holding Cincinnati star wide receiver A.J. Green to just two catches for 7 yards.

Haden has a laminated map of Hawaiian Islands taped to his locker, motivation to make his first Pro Bowl.

Haden said a four-game suspension last year for using Adderrall prompted a change in his lifestyle and led to his metamorphosis.


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