When the Cavs went to the finals, that was cool, but this is such a football town, it would mean so much to everybody. It would be unbelievable. That’s one of those things that I try to talk to the young guys about and let them understand how important this team is to this city. We could be legends if we bring this organization back to where it was a couple decades ago, or even win a Super Bowl. You’d never buy another drink, you’d never buy another dinner the rest of your life if you won a Super Bowl here. Those are the things having Chud — who grew up here — is great because he can help relate the passion and the intensity of the Cleveland Browns fans to this team.
— Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, in an interview with ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, discussing what a Super Bowl would mean to the city of Cleveland. In an all-encompassing interview, Thomas discusses the trials and tribulations of playing for a team that has had one winning record since the day he was drafted. “I never went through a coach getting fired,” he said. “That was sort of a welcome to the NFL moment. Now, four coaches later…”