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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam persuaded to pick Johnny Manziel by homeless man?


The Cleveland Browns seemed like they could not make up their mind about polarizing Johnny Manziel in the days leading up to the NFL Draft. Eventually they made up their mind that they wanted him and traded up to grab him at the no. 22 pick.

It might have simply been how the first round unfolded that persuaded the Browns to make a move to get him. Or maybe it was the advice of a homeless man given to team owner Jimmy Haslam in Cleveland, if we are to believe a tidbit reported by Sal Paolantonio of ESPN (as passed along by Deadspin):

‘I can go out to dinner anywhere in Tennessee and nobody bothers me.’ That’s his home state. But he said, ‘Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me. And I was out to dinner recently. And a homeless person was out on the street, looked up at me and said, ‘Draft Manziel.’ Just like that.’ And that convinced him, that the Cleveland Browns’ fans wanted Manziel.

It seems more likely that the Browns simply reacted to the way that the first round developed and saw an opportunity to get a franchise quarterback. But hey, this is a nice story anyway, and hopefully the Cleveland faithful can find some rare joy in Johnny Football.

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  • Kevin Nichols

    Why didn’t Haslam sit next to the homeless man and ask him why should the browns draft him? I mean (no offense to the homeless man) how does he know what the browns draft needs are? Does he even watch games? The Manziel pick is a joke and its all about the money. I bet Haslam is smoking a giant cigar as Chinese sweat shop workers begin to make Manziel merchandise ensuring the browns never become a great team. Money over Team

  • Cap-em-all

    That story is hilarious. Jimmy wouldn’t be caught within a mile of a homeless man, unless he was the one who took the guy’s house to begin with. Maybe he should hire the guy and put him out there as a scout. Just sayin’

  • V. C. Evans Sr.

    The Cleveland Browns have signed VINCE YOUNG”…..
    CLEVELAND, you may have just found some “Texas Tea” (Black Gold) in Vince Young…If you are willing to utilize his strengths, there is no telling how far the Browns can go…. Vince is motivated and determined to show he can play this game at a high level…. His career record of 31-19 tells you he know how to WIN games…
    With all the Johnny Manziel press…… Don’t give up on Vince Young just yet….
    Vince is 6 feet 5, bigger, stronger, faster and is a proven talent in the NFL…