BREAKING NEWS: I’m done, one more player retired
BREAKING NEWS: I’m done, one more player retired CLEVELAND, Ohio — As recently as last fall, Josh Cribbs was still fantasizing about the Browns signing him to jump start their sluggish return game.
His old special teams coach, Chris Tabor, was still on the job, and surely Cribbs could help. Despite two seasons out of football, he remained in great shape and hoped the phone might ring.
But on Wednesday, the former Kent State quarterback finally came to grips with the end of his career. He officially retired as a Brown and is ready to let it go.
“Knowing the legacy I left behind playing in the NFL, playing for the Browns, it was kind of a difficult pill to swallow,”
Cribbs told clevelandbrowns.com.”Even when I played at my worst, I was still capable to play better than some guys that were at 100 percent. Wanting to step out there on the field every time I see the Browns play, not being able to go to the games because it was almost excruciating to not be out there, it’s as though I finally came to terms with letting myself understand, letting myself know that this time has passed.
“I had a great run that I had nothing to be ashamed about or look down on. I felt like I have nothing but great memories in playing in the NFL. I can now look myself in the mirror and say I’m done.”
Discovered largely by former Browns scout Kevin Kelly, Cribbs made the team as an undrafted rookie and went on to rewrite the Browns’ special-team record books. He boasts 11 team return records and is tied for first in the NFL with eight kickoff returns touchdowns. His 13,488 return yards are tied for third in the NFL.
“I was definitely not confident I would make this team and thrive like I did. I just was confident I was going to give it my best ability,” Cribbs said. “I was confident that if I had to walk away, if I was forced to walk away, I would be able to look myself in the mirror and say I did everything in my power necessary to allow this dream to come true.”