In a recent airing of Jim Rome Is Burning on ESPN, guest host Marcellus Wiley had the chance to sit down with Cleveland's Pro Bowler, and new member of the NFL All-Decade team, Josh Cribbs.
Josh Cribbs spent the week enjoying the ESPY awards in Los Angeles before heading over to the taping. Wiley's first question out of the gate was in regards to Cribbs' contract situation and on Mike Holmgren's promise, "I did think I was going to return, Cleveland fans are such die-hards, I did have confidence in him that everything would be alright", he went on to say, "It was a big relief, when players come into the NFL you really don't want to handle the business thing."
This is quite the contrary to the former King of Cleveland who had an active hand in marketing his "brand" at all times. Cribbs is purely a football player, but an event at the end of last season prompted him to secure his future financially.
When asked about his injury last season, which resulted in him being carted off the field in a neck brace during week 10 in Baltimore, "It was a stinger in my neck, it was a situation that could have been avoided, but I didn't want to come out of the game."
While Cleveland fans might be used to certain players quitting in the final few minutes of a game, there is absolutely no quit in Joshua Cribbs, and he proves it time and time again.
Upon signing his new contract with the Cleveland Browns, Wiley was surprised to hear that Cribbs went out and celebrated by partying with the fans and signing autographs, instead of hitting up night clubs and fancy dinners with his friends; his reasoning simply, "without the fans, I'm nothing."
In regards to the LeBron James situation, Cribbs took the high road after campaigning James to stay, "I was surprised, but at the same time he was in Cleveland seven great years, he's done a lot for the city, and I wish him well. Ultimately it was his decision, and he made that."
Wiley then made reference to some fans calling Josh the new King of Cleveland, "I'm comfortable with holding that title, but I feel Cleveland is a collective team of guys all with the same goals, Cleveland is Believeland, a blue-collar, hard-working town."
This statement coincides with a previous quote that Cribbs made on Friday in a phone interview with the Beacon Journal, ''I embrace it because I feel like some of the values I hold strong to myself are the same values that the city should hold strong to itself, and it does. Not being drafted and coming from the bottom to reach the top is something that speaks for itself, and I think that's what Cleveland is. It's one of the most loved cities and one of the most hard-working cities."
Wiley went on to make reference to Coach Mangini's comments that Cribbs might not be returning kicks full-time this year, "Would you be ok with not being a kick returner?" Cribbs appeared startled as if he hadn't heard that news yet, "No, I have goals set, the NFL is all about 'what have you done for me lately?' Special Teams are what got me to where I am today."
When asked who would be the starting quarterback this year, Cribbs predicted Delhomme to start based on his veteran status, but the play and abilities of backup Seneca Wallace surprised him. It seems like Cribbs may admire Wallace more than Delhomme, understandably, since Seneca's playing style at quarterback is almost identical to how Cribbs' was at Kent State.
Finally, to end the interview Marcellus asked Cribbs why after LeBron leaving should free agents be tempted to come play in Cleveland, "Die-hard fans. What does Cleveland have to offer? The fans. If you come to Cleveland they will support you 110%, I don't see any better fans anywhere."
Loyal, honest, modest, and hard-working—Josh Cribbs is the real King of Cleveland.
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