What Brady Quinn Haters Don't Realize

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIJune 29, 2009

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 30:  Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns throws the first regular season pass off his NFL career during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 30, 2007 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With the opening of training camp just a few weeks away, much of the focus on the Browns will be the quarterback competition between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.

This is not another article that breaks down the competition. Instead it is one that takes a shot at those who don't like Brady Quinn.

I have heard so many negative comments about him that it just makes me sick.

"He can't throw the long ball."

"He can't win the big game."

"He isn't very good."

It really has become a broken record. Since when is a quarterback evaluated after only three starts?

What bothers me is that most Quinn haters are really just recycled Notre Dame haters.

They don't even realize that they are hating a player that everybody should be rooting for.

I am not putting him on a pedestal, but he really is a player who does things the right way.

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Before you say "C'mon man!" let's just look at the facts.

  • It is a fact that Quinn has never been arrested at a night club.
  • It is a fact that he has never taken a gun to a night club and shot himself.
  • It is a fact that he has never run a dog fighting business.
  • It is also a fact that he didn't act like a crybaby, unlike Jay Cutler, when trade rumors surfaced.

Let's look at some of the things he has done.

  • He has earned degree from the University of Notre Dame.
  • He took real classes at a tough academic school.
  • He has been known to consistently be the first at practice and one of the last to leave. He practically lives in the film room during the offseason.

Even with his dedication to the team, he still finds a way to take graduate classes.

I bet most that bash him don't even know that he is already working on his law degree. He wants to be a lawyer when his playing days are over.

That alone is a huge reason to root for him to succeed in the NFL, because we know he will be okay if he doesn't.

With all the time he puts into the team and his law degree you would think he wouldn't have time for anything else. Yet he was constantly seen at the Cavalier games while they were making their playoff run.

Brady Quinn supports the whole city and all its teams.

That is unlike Terrell Owens, who showed up to a finals game in Dallas wearing a Miami Heat jersey. He said that he was a Shaquille O'Neal fan and he wanted to support him. That was shortly after the Cowboys had acquired him in the trade; quite a way to endear himself to his new city.

In a day and age in which fans complain that there are far too many thugs, criminals, and prima donnas in the NFL, here is a guy that does it the right way, and he has far too many haters.

This is a kid that everybody should be rooting for because he truly is one to look up to, and is one of the rare athletes who deserves to be called a role model.

So this is to all the haters. Next time you want to question his arm strength, toughness, and ability to win the big game, remember what you are hating.

You are hating a kid who represents all that is good with sports and one who you should want your kid to be like.

Besides, it is not like all your criticisms will actually shake him—it will actually add more fuel to the fire.

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