The Browns drafted a guy who had a reputation of eating quarterbacks in college. Barkevious Mingo comes to the Browns after a college career where he had a habit of getting to the quarterback. The team presented Mingo formally yesterday and head coach Rob Chudzinski handed him a jersey with the number 51 on it.
A look back in Browns history, reminds me of another guy who came to the Cleveland Browns in 1981. He played for the Browns for 10 season and went by the nickname of "The Assassin." Eddie Johnson wasn't taken in the first round of the 1981 NFL draft, he was the 187th pick in the 7th round and he was one heck of a great football player.
When ever I see the number 51 on a Browns player, it takes me back in history to when there was a guy on the field that liked to destroy the guy holding the football. They didn't give Eddie Johnson the nickname the assassin for nothing. He was a hard-hitting linebacker that made things happen.
Johnson died in 2003, after a 2 year battle with colon cancer. Eddie still live through his Eddie Johnson memorial foundation, with his former Browns teammates keeping his memory alive. The Eddie Johnson memorial foundation helps people who are affected by serious medical problems.
With Barkevious Mingo coming to the Cleveland Browns and wearing the number that the assassin wore, we have to wonder if this could be the rebirth of the assassin. Mingo has a lot to live up to with the number 51 on his back.
He may not know the history attached to the number 51. Mingo wasn't born in time to see the assassin play football in Cleveland. If this kid knows the history of the Cleveland Browns, then he would know he has some large shoes to fill while wearing the number 51 on his back.
There is nothing that Cleveland fans would like more than to see the rebirth of the assassin in Cleveland. Eddie Johnson was a heck of a great football player, he was even a better human being. Lets hope Mingo, is as good as the old number 51 was.
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