Thanksgiving is a time for being with family and appreciating the things you have. It is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. So even though the Cleveland Browns are 2-8 on the season, there are still things to be thankful for if you’re a Browns fan.
How can you not be thankful for James Haslam III? The man has every intention of turning around this franchise that has been in disarray for so long. By the look in his eyes and body language shown during a game, it is clear that Haslam flat out gets “it”.
There are two players on the team that have endured losing for a long time; Joe Thomas and Phil Dawson. Be thankful for these two class act guys that fully understand what it means to be a Brown. Thomas has never missed a game and made the Pro Bowl every year he has played. Thomas is the epitome of what a left tackle should be. Although Dawson has never made a Pro Bowl, he is having a career year and has not missed one kick this season.
When Peyton Hillis bolted for free agency, the Browns were thin at running back and lacked that physical tough AFC North back. Not anymore. Let’s be grateful for Trent Richardson. Through ten games, Richardson has almost 1,000 all purpose yards and six touchdowns. The good thing with Richardson is, the best is yet to come.
Guys like Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz are more to be thankful for. It was questioned at the time, but using a second round pick on Schwartz has panned out. Mack was another questionable selection at the time too. Now, Mack is arguably one of the best centers in the NFL. The entire offensive line has gotten better as the season has progressed as they have given up only 16 sacks. That’s seventh best in the league. Let’s also be thankful that right guard Jason Pinkston is recovering from a blood clot in his lung.
Be thankful for yourselves and your ability to stay sane. Without the Browns fans, the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t be the same. Every year, you put yourself through agony and defeat. Yet, every year, you still pack Browns training camp and support the team. You never jump ship or go to another team when disaster strikes. You pay eight dollars for a beer, four dollars for a hot dog, twenty five dollars to park your car and most importantly the fact that you sit in freezing temperatures to watch below average football.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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