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AFTER MLB CAREER ENDED, BRANDON WEEDEN TURNED TO FOOTBALL

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 18, 2012 – 11:24 am

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is a rookie.

Yet at the age of 29, Weeden is the fourth oldest person on the Cleveland offense.

Weeden’s road to the NFL is a little more well traveled than that of his fellow rookies.

In 2002, Weeden was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

He spent five years in the minor leagues but as his baseball career fizzled out, he headed to Stillwater, Oklahoma to enroll at Oklahoma State University.

After redshirting in 2007, Weeden eventually became a starter at the beginning of the 2010 season and in his two years as the Cowboys quarterback, he set numerous school records.

The Browns took Weeden with the 22nd pick in April’s NFL Draft and the experience he has playing at this level has helped a team with over a dozen rookies.

“He’s getting better and better every game,” running back Trent Richardson said. “With Brandon being a professional before, he knows how to handle his time and he knows how to speak to the huddle and he had some great leaders around him when he was doing his thing.”

Of the five rookie quarterbacks starting around the league, Weeden leads the group with 1,519 passing yards.

The numbers finally translated into a win last week and head coach Pat Shurmur knows there will be ups and downs during any rookie season.

“He’s had pockets of good play and then he’s made some mistakes,” Shurmur said. “I feel like he’s grinding through this rookie year. He’s making improvements in every game and every practice and I anticipate that he will continually improve throughout the season.”

Perhaps the most impressive athletic achievement Weeden accomplished came when he picked up the game of golf in 2008.

Within two years, Weeden considered himself a low, single-digit handicap golfer and walked onto the OSU golf team, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

It has been a whirlwind athletic career for Weeden but now his sole focus is on the game of football and his teammates are starting to see a different quarterback than the one selected in April.

“Brandon is becoming more consistent and he’s become more of a believer in himself and his arm and he knows that we’re behind him 100 percent,” Richardson said. “That’s a big thing being a quarterback because quarterback is a hard position to play, and if you don’t think your team has confidence in you, that’s big.”

 


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