I consider myself a football fan. Of course mainly I follow the Seattle Seahawks, but this season I have taken a broader look at the league, mainly because I want to use it in my blog. One of the players this season who has begun to gain some serious attention is Josh Cribbs. Being I really didn’t follow the Browns much prior to the season, I didn’t realize that this is his 5th season in the NFL.
If you aren’t sure who Josh Cribbs is, just watch any Cleveland Browns highlights. He is the most electric player on the team. They used to called Dominique Wilkins “The Human Highlight Reel”, they should be calling Cribbs that now. Every time he touches the ball he makes a great play. Wether it’s returning punts and kickoffs for touchdowns, or running the Wildcat offense in Cleveland, he is just a blast to watch.
I started to dig a little deeper to find out what his background was. In college he played for Kent St. University as a quarterback. Where he was the all time school leader in total offense, touchdowns, pass completions, pass attempts, passing yardage, points scored and touchdowns scored. He was a 4 year starter and is only one of two college players to ever have a 1000 yard passing / 1000 yard rushing season as a true freshman. He is the only player in NCAA history to ever lead his team in both passing and rushing for four seasons.
Cribbs graduated from Kent St. in 2005 and was not selected in the 2005 NFL draft. He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns. He spent the last four seasons and a special teams kick returner and is now considered the best return man in the game. Earlier this season Cribbs was listed as the number 2 wide receiver on the team and since then has gone on to have 17 receptions for 117 yards and 1 touchdown. Last weekend Cribbs did a little bit of everything. He ran for 87 yards out of the Wildcat offense and had over 200 total yards of offense. Yesterday Joe Thomas, the Browns All Pro tackle said that he thought Cribbs would make a great NFL running back. Coach Mangini, said yesterday that he is considering using Cribbs out of the back field. Meaning that he has played WR, QB and RB this season as well as his return duties. A true “slash” style player.
As far as Josh’s cards go in the hobby, he has a 2005 Playoff Rookie Ticket autograph as the only one I could find on eBay. At the beginning of this season, you could have had it for a dollar, now it sells in the $15 – $20 range. His rookie cards can still be found as essentially a common, but his autographs are really starting to climb. He has been a fan favorite all season and if he shows that he can be a stud running back, look out his cards might even reach #) – $40 or even more. I think even at $17, it’s still a fairly good investment, because in the end his is going to be remembered as at a minimum a legendary kickoff returner.