When it comes to comparing the careers of Jim Brown and Johnny Manziel, there's no debate as to which one was the more productive player.
Brown, a Hall of Fame running back, wins by a landslide. And yet, Johnny Football is moving on to the next round in the Cleveland Sports March Matchups.
In the spirit of March Madness, Cleveland.com has come up with a tournament that features some of the most notable athletes in Cleveland and Ohio State history. The bracket features 16 players from each of the Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
One first-round matchup in the Browns region that should not have had any real intrigue was top-seeded Brown against 16th-seeded Manziel. Let's take a look at the matchup by the numbers:
- Brown (nine seasons): 118 games, 12,312 rushing yards, 5.2 yards per carry, 126 (106 rushing and 20 receiving) touchdowns
- Manziel (two seasons): 14 games, eight starts, completed 57 percent of passes, 1,675 passing yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions, 259 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown
The numbers tell the story: Brown had a much better career in Cleveland than Manziel. In other words, this matchup should have produced a blowout.
When the results were revealed, there was indeed a blowout—just not the one you would think (or at least hope):
- Brown: 31.78 percent
- Manziel: 68.22 percent
Come on, Cleveland. You're better than that.
It is important to note that Twitter user @Reflog_18 led a campaign to "wreck the poll" (a la Manziel saying he wanted to "wreck this league") and get the quarterback to advance. And because social media is a powerful tool, it worked.
The Browns may have cut Manziel less than two years after drafting him in the first round, but he is one step closer to being voted as the greatest Brown ever. Because Cleveland sports.