Despite Cleveland’s stellar draft the team is not going to all of a sudden turn into a winner. They will battle adversity all season long as they have in the past, but no one is more likely to flourish in that situation than Brady Quinn. He proved that on draft day. After he began slipping quickly in the draft, NFL commissioner Roger Godell invited Quinn into a private room so he didn’t have to face the media during that nerve-wracking wait. What did Quinn do? He agreed to an interview with ESPN. During that interview Quinn displayed his exemplary character.
The most valuable trait that he demonstrated during the draft was his composure. He will need that composure when he steps under center for the Cleveland Browns. Quinn not only has composure off of the field but on the field as well. He proved that throughout his illustrious career at Notre Dame.
First of all, the starting quarterback at Notre Dame is always under an international high-powered microscope on and off the field and that pressure never phased Quinn. The Fighting Irish struggled during Quinn’s first two years in South Bend. Quinn’s overall record in his first two seasons as the starting quarterback was 10-11. He never became discouraged during those disappointing seasons he only worked harder and continued to lead his team valiantly. Finally, when a competent coach arrived and the talent developed around him the team turned around and Quinn became arguably the best quarterback in Notre Dame history.
While leading the Irish to a 19-6 record in his final two seasons, Quinn set 36 school records. He didn’t only set records he shattered them. His 95 career touchdown passes nearly doubles the previous record of 52. In 2006, his 226 consecutive passes without an interception crushed his previous record of 130. Quinn’s composure and perseverance are why he not only survived two rough seasons at Notre Dame but also constantly improved to become the man that brought the winning tradition back to South Bend.
It is realistic for Cleveland fans to hope that in a few seasons when a competent coach arrives and the team develops around him, Brady Quinn will lead the Cleveland Browns back to respectability.