Like Him or Not, Brady Quinn Went Out with Class

Benjamin Flack@@ClevelandFlackSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball for yardage during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have parted ways with a second quarterback within the past week.

However, unlike Derek Anderson, who blasted Cleveland fans on his way out the door, Brady Quinn went out with class.

After being released on March 9, Anderson ripped Cleveland fans in an e-mail to the News-Herald:

"The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner. I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured. I know at times I wasn't great. I hope and pray I'm playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them."

Anderson apologized for the comments the next day, but the damage was already done.

Less than a week later, the Browns traded Quinn to the Denver Broncos for Peyton Hillis and two draft picks.

In an exclusive interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Quinn spoke favorably about his time in Cleveland.

"I had a wonderful time in Cleveland and I say that because of the fans," he said. "They were so welcoming and loyal to me. Even though I battled through some tough times, the fans stuck with me and I can't thank them enough for all of their support.

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"Hopefully they'll always continue to have that enthusiasm. It's a great place to play and a great team and organization to be a part of."

After being selected in the first round of the 2007 draft, the Dublin, Ohio native had high hopes of being the savior for Cleveland. But that just was not to be.

"I really wanted to be the guy to turn things around and turn the tide, but that's not the situation I'm faced with this at this point," he said. "I think you just have to give yourself a dose of reality. Things don't always work out the way you want them to in life. I know God has a plan for me and obviously those plans are leading me out to Denver right now.

"I just wish things would've gone differently in Cleveland," Quinn added. "I hope they have success in the future. I hope coach [Mike] Holmgren can get things turned around for them."

Quinn does not know why the Browns chose 35-year-old Jake Delhomme instead of sticking with him, but he is looking forward to his future in Denver.

"It's really hard to try to figure out what it is," said Quinn. "Holmgren has had a lot of success, and I'm sure the decisions he's making he's got a lot of reasons for them and he's doing what he wants to with the team. It's not really for me to question. I'm a Bronco and I couldn't be happier heading over to Denver."

Quinn made no comments about taking over as the starter for the Broncos.

"I'm just looking to create a role for myself on the team," said Quinn. "Anytime you're in a situation like this, all you can really do is go in there and learn the system, get to know your teammates and coaches. That's really my focus right now. All of those things will take care of themselves in the end."

Quinn had very little to work with in his 12 starts as a member of the Cleveland Browns. The talent on offense this past season was paltry at best.

"No matter what the situation, I've always felt confident in my ability and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to show that in Denver," he said. "Sorry it couldn't have lasted longer here."

Whether you are a fan of Brady Quinn or hate him, you have to love his class. Quinn remained a professional during his three years in Cleveland, even though he may not have gotten as many chances as he deserved.

"I appreciate everything Brady did for us last year and in his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns," said coach Eric Mangini in the release. "He is professional in the way he goes about doing his job and worked extremely hard at every aspect of his game. I wish him the best of success in Denver."

I also want to wish Brady Quinn the best of success in his future career in Denver.

Just not too much success...because that would make us look bad for not getting more for him.

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