During the bye week, Cleveland Browns receiver Greg Little visited with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning in Miami, FL. After the meeting, Little had a new found respect for the game of football and the fans of Cleveland. So, just what did Mourning say to the second year pro from North Carolina?
The Vice President of Player Programs for the Miami Heat was made aware of Little’s troubles this season with a multitude of issues including dropped passes and fighting with fans on Twitter. The two had lunch for a couple hours and Little came away in awe of what the classy Mourning had to say. Little even brought it back with him to Cleveland after the weekend to share with his teammates. “The message he gave to me is ‘what are you willing to give up to win? That’s kind of the message I relayed to our team — ‘what are you willing to sacrifice to finish this season out like we really want to?” said Little.
In what many thought was going to be a break out year for Little, the 2012 campaign has not been kind to him. On the year, Little has nine dropped passes and his numbers are down from a year ago. The former Tarheel is second on the team in receptions (27) and touchdowns (2). For Little, the trip to Miami was an intelligent and mature thing to do. Although Mourning never played pro football, he gave him advice on the dropped passes. “He explained a story that Tiger Woods would putt five-foot putts 500 times and he’d have to hit 500 in a row. If he missed at 299, he started all the way back to one. That was the way he was explaining to me about when I have drops — doing something so many times where it’s just muscle memory.” said Little.
Give the Browns’ receiver credit for wanting to make himself better and seeking help. With a clear mind over the past three games, Little has put together his best stretch of football this season with 17 receptions, 132 yards, and a touchdown. More importantly, maybe one dropped pass. For Little, it’s time to move forward and battle adversity.
In these final seven contests, it would be nice to see the refocused Little have an impact and make key catches when the Browns need him to. If Mourning had any effect at all, we should.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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