Is anyone else ready for our Cleveland Browns rebuilding project? We are just weeks away from the official start of ‘Free Agency Season’ and of course, the NFL Draft is not far behind. But, what about a less traditional way of adding talent to our roster?
I’m talking about a walk-on tryout. Before you shoot the idea down, (I can hear some of you scoffing) allow me to introduce you to a talented player who not only has the skills to play, but he also has the guts to approach the Browns for a tryout: Nevin Creasy. Nevin is on a quest to not only grab the attention of the Browns, but to also to join our team and become an impact player.
I had a question and answer session with Nevin recently, to learn more about this talented linebacker and his journey to the NFL. Read on to get to know more about one of our potential future players.
Q. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
A. My name is Nevin Creasy, I am 25 years old and I am from Frankfort, Indiana where I graduated high school in 2011. I currently live in Frankfort with my wonderful wife Erica and our one-year-old son Trenton.
Q. To play football at a high level requires a true love of the game; who or what inspired your love of football?
A. I’ve always loved the sport and all of the emotions that come with it. Over the years, it has acted as an escape and gave me a place to just be myself.
Q. What team do you currently play for & what position?
A. I currently play linebacker for a semi-pro team out of Indianapolis, IN. called the Marion County Crusaders.
Q. It can’t be easy to contact a team for a tryout. What steps are necessary to get a tryout with an NFL team?
A. I really think this is the most difficult part of the process. Since I didn’t attend college, I’m really trying to utilize social media to expand my circle and hopefully get the support from the fans, so I can get the attention of the organization. I like to think of football as a market, and I am my own product, so I have to make the organization want what I can bring to the table.
Q. This is a famously tough city to play in. Why did you approach the Cleveland Browns?
A. Honestly, because I love the fans. The past couple of years have been rough for the team, and through it, all the fans have remained loyal, and I love that. I want to be a part of something great and I want to give the fans, the city and the organization what they deserve.
Q. What qualities (besides a talent for football) would you bring to the Cleveland Browns?
A. Compassion. This is a big thing for me; I don’t want this journey to be about just me because it’s much larger than that. I want to be able to use this as a way to give back, especially to the community and to our service men and women.
Q. Are there any current Browns players who impress you?
A. I would have to say Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers because of their physicality and the fact they are rookies doing big things.
Q. Is there anything that you would like to say to the Cleveland Sports Talk readers?
A. First I would like to thank you for reaching out and allowing the readers to get to know me. I know this is going to be a long journey, but I am going to do everything I can to make this dream become a reality. At the end of the day, I want to bleed, sweat and cry with and for all of you. If you’d like you can keep in touch with me on all forms of social media @Nevinskii
Well, Cleveland, I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed with Nevin Creasy. He has the passion and optimism that many professional athletes lack. Also, how can you not be impressed by someone who wants to “bleed, sweat, and cry” for us? The Cleveland Browns have been disparaged by potential first-round draft picks (yes, Josh Rosen, I’m talking about you) and in Nevin Creasy, we have a player who is actively working for a chance to try out for our team.
I sincerely hope you will offer your social media support to Nevin. Retweet and share this. Then tag others who will do the same. This is our chance as fans to help a talented individual, as well as help, build our team.