First and 10: Browns QB Brandon Weeden
May, 31, 2012
By Jon Gold | Special to ESPN.com
Jason Miller/Getty ImagesThe Browns made 28-year-old Brandon Weeden the oldest first-round draft selection in NFL history.[Editor's Note: ESPN Playbook subjected 10 rising pro football stars to offbeat interviews at the recent NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. Here's what transpired:]
Position: Quarterback College: Oklahoma State
Team: Cleveland Browns 2012 NFL draft: First round (No. 22 overall)
ESPN Playbook: What has been your “Welcome to the NFL” moment?
Brett Deering/Getty ImagesWeeden set Oklahoma State single-season marks for passing yards, TDs and completions last year.
Weeden: Honestly, just walking through the locker room, seeing the team lockers, being in an environment where you see a lot of pros. I’ve been through it with baseball obviously, but being in the locker room, when you’re the quarterback, kind of the face of what’s going on, that means a lot. After draft day, coming in on that Friday, seeing what was going on, that was special.
What are you going to miss the most about college?
Stillwater is a college town and it eats, breathes and sleeps college football. It’s a great place, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’ll go back and enjoy it. It’s a straight college town, and we won a lot of games.
What are you looking forward to most about your new city?
Just getting intertwined; I take a lot of pride about being involved. I was really involved in the Stillwater community, and I plan to do the same thing in Cleveland. Everything has been great, really responsive.
What is your favorite video game?
If you could get one rookie card from one player here, who would it be?
My boy Justin Blackmon. Hopefully I can talk him into giving me one. I might have to pay for it. But he’s my boy. We’re really good buddies off the field.
Who has the best college cheerleaders?
Oklahoma State is not bad. Our team is really strong. University of Texas might be a close second.
What are your offseason goals?
AP Photo/Mark DuncanIncumbent quarterback Colt McCoy has his hands full trying to fend off Weeden for the starting job.
I’m going to do stuff with children’s hospitals, whatever I can do to get involved. But it’s time to win a lot of games, and hopefully we can bring that to them.
What was the NFL draft like for you?
It was crazy. I was out in New York for the draft, and that morning, I wanted to spend with my family. Had a little get-together, and [Browns GM Tom Heckert] called me at the 20th pick and told me they were picking me at 22. There were a lot of emotions. My parents’ house went crazy. We had a lot of fun that night. I didn’t sleep much that night.
What's the biggest difference between being a college football star and a pro football player?
You’re in a college town, and then you get in the NFL, and everyone in the big city knows you. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being a quarterback, but you go with it, you have fun with it.
Who would be the one celebrity, athlete or otherwise, you would like to meet?
I don’t really get starstruck, but I’ll go with Brad Pitt. He’s the guy. He’s the man.
Jon Gold is a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. You can find him on Twitter at @TheCoolSub or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.