LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay with Sports Illustrated. In the essay he talks about the Cleveland area and how much it means to him to come back there and be an inspiration to that area.
That message hit home for Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is also a Cleveland native.
“What he wrote, I think he said all the right things. For me, I’m a Clevelander first, before I play for the Browns, before anything else. I know what he means to this region and this city,” Hoyer told 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “You see what was happening downtown [Friday] night. I came down to eat with my family – my wife and sister-in-law – and you see all the people out. A lot of people were excited and I think he realized that he’s more than basketball to this area. Me being another local guy, I’m pumped up. He just brings so much to this city and it’s a great time to be living in Cleveland right now.”
Hoyer also said he was glued to social media and news outlets waiting for the news to break.
“I’m not going to lie, I was checking nonstop and finally to get to see the news and then get to read what he wrote. His last couple of lines really hit me had because Cleveland is such a blue-collar town. What he talked about, nothing is given everything is earned, that’s kinda been my M.O. too. I grew up in this city. You gotta work hard for what you get and that’s gotten me to where I am now and I’m sure he would agree with me. It’s great to have him home.”