The National Football League can humble even the very best. Just a year ago, he was a first-round draft pick, the 22nd pick overall, by the Cleveland Browns, coming off a record-setting season as the quarterback at Oklahoma State University, the no. 3-ranked team in the nation.
Today, Browns fans are taking to Craigslist, desperate to get rid of their quarterback, Brandon Weeden.
One fan did so, anyway. That was Seth Pae, a 22-year-old grad student at DePaul University, who took out a Craigslist ad to find a new QB for his beloved Browns.
"Have you played pro football? College ball? High school? Pee-wee?” Pae asked in the ad. "Have you played Madden before? Do you know some of the rules of football? If yes, keep reading."
And even if the answer is no, the ad says, “Well also keep reading! We will take ANYONE!"
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"I was blowing off steam," Pae told ESPN.com. "We've had like 396 quarterbacks since 1999. It's a bit much. We're still looking for 'the one.’”
As for Weeden (pictured), he is probably more mature than most second-year NFL quarterbacks. At age 30, he was a late starter in football. He waited until his professional baseball career was over before even enrolling in college.
Weeden was a second-round pick out of high school by the New York Yankees in 2002. After a season he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and later picked up by the Kansas City Royals. But his last season was played in the low minor leagues.
So adversity is not unfamiliar to Weeden, who laughed off Pae’s Craigslist gag.
"I got very good earmuffs on," he said. "I went out and bought the best ones I could. You can't listen to [the criticism]."
A bizarre, underhanded forward pass by Weeden in last Sudays game against the Detroit Lions that predictably led to a key interception was the last straw for Pae, and probably for a lot of Browns’ fans. Weeden claimed he didn’t lose any sleep over it.
Here’s a video of the strange play, below.
SOURCES: ESPN.com (2), YouTube, Wikipedia, News5