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Legalman72 05-17-2014 11:11 AM

Connor Shaw's First Week as a Brown
 
http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/...5-3ebf4f74a368

Connor Shaw, his family and his fiancé were huddled around the television inside his Columbia, SC., apartment late last Saturday night. There was no green room, or fancy suit. There were no cameras, or screaming fans jeering every pick.

An orange sign flashed on the TV: TRADE. The Cleveland Browns had sent their seventh-round pick to Baltimore Ravens for a future sixth rounder.
Shaw’s heart sank.

The minute after his visit was complete at the facility in Berea, he called his parents and told them, “I love this organization. I have a feeling I’m coming back here.”

As his mind raced about where his future would take him, Shaw’s sorrow soon turned into elation.

Moments after the trade, the quarterback’s phone started buzzing. The room stood silent; a moment frozen in time.

It was Browns general manager Ray Farmer on the line. He told the former South Carolina Gamecock the deal with the Ravens was too sweet to pass up, but that he wanted Shaw to come aboard as a free agent signing.

An hour later the Browns staff sent Shaw a travel itinerary. At 10:15 a.m. the next day, Shaw would land in Ohio, marking the beginning of his NFL career. He would be living out of a hotel until late June. Imagine seven weeks of housekeeping and rumbling air conditioners.

Actually, Shaw is barely ever at his hotel. A hotel shuttle service picks up the Georgia native in time for him to walk through the facility doors at 7 a.m. He scours over the homework assignments, called “scripts,” from coaches Dowell Loggains and Kyle Shanahan.

“Coach Loggains tells us it’s like learning Chinese,” said Shaw with a chuckle.

It basically is Chinese. The meeting room is littered with a whiteboard full of so many terms, it’ll make your head spin. The cramming continues throughout the day. Brian Hoyer, Tyler Thigpen and Johnny Manzieljoin Shaw at a rectangular wooden table with black padded leather chairs. Each quarterback is asked to go up to the board at the front of the classroom, where they are quizzed on drawing formations and diagraming plays. It’s not easy.

Surprisingly, Shaw met his SEC counterpart Manziel for the first time here in Cleveland. It’s Thigpen who has been Shaw’s, ‘mentor.’ Thigpen is constantly asking Shaw if he understands all the material, or if he needs someone to talk to about all the change. The two share the same agent, and the state of South Carolina as the location of their colleges – Thigpen went to Coastal Carolina.

“The guys that you are playing with right now, they become your family,” Shaw said specifically about being in the quarterbacks room with the Browns. “This really becomes your second home.”

Shaw does his homework on other aspects, too. When quizzed about other successful undrafted quarterbacks, he rattles off Tony Romo, Jeff Garcia and Brian Hoyer. He’s stumped on the only undrafted Hall of Fame quarterback: Warren Moon.

“Ahh, it was on the tip of my tongue, man!” said Shaw, genuinely disappointed he couldn’t name the well-known quarterback.

Shaw doesn’t mind that he’s grouped with all the undrafted players. But don’t feed him questions about playing with a chip on his shoulder. That’s too pedestrian, too ordinary for Shaw.

The Browns are getting a quarterback who never lost a home game in the SEC. A perfect 17-0 record. The Browns are getting a quarterback who threw 24 touchdowns and just one interception in 2013. One.

Those numbers are merely sketches of the football player Shaw is compared to his heroic game against Missouri last season, now famously dubbed ShawShank Redemption to the millions of SEC fans.

The week prior, Shaw sprained his LCL in brutal loss at Tennessee. He was supposed to be ruled out for the Missouri game, and more likely three weeks. To make matters worse, Shaw came down with a nasty case of the flu. If he left his bed, buckets full of vomit would spew from Shaw’s stomach. He lost 11 pounds. He didn’t even attend one team meeting that week.

“It was the sickest I had been in my entire life, by far,” Shaw said, shivering as he recalled his illness.

But Shaw was a captain, so he decided to not only travel, but dress. Doctors plugged four IV’s in Shaw’s veins an hour before kickoff. Down 17 points in the third quarter, head coach Steve Spurrier did the unthinkable: he asked Shaw if he could come in and rescue the Gamecocks. There was not even a second of hesitation from the senior, who ‘grew up idolizing Spurrier’s offenses at Florida.’

Shaw gave one of the more courageous performances in recent college football memory. He rallied South Carolina to overtime behind 201-yards in the second half. On a fourth-and-goal from the 16-yard line, with the game on the line, Shaw launched a strike to the right side of the end zone for the tying touchdown. In the second overtime Missouri missed a kick, and the stunning comeback was complete.

“Obviously it worked out for the best,” Shaw recalled of his signature college game. The win spurred so much momentum that South Carolina went on to win the rest of the five games on their schedule.

Farmer has made it his mission to add quality people to the roster, not just quality football players. The Browns are getting exactly that in Connor Shaw.
Supporting the troops became a part of Shaw’s identity at South Carolina. He would greet military members when they came home and would hang out with their families while they were serving overseas. Teammates rave about Shaw’s work ethic and normal guy personality.

By the time 2014 is over, Shaw will have graduated college, married his sweetheart and become a father to a little baby girl. Shaw has the drive and attitude to add one more thing to that checklist: crack the Browns regular season roster.

“I’m just going to be who I am, and the only way I know how to play,” said Shaw. “I’m going to play competitively no matter what.”

ACPhilson 05-17-2014 11:20 AM

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GREAT READ!!!

CockyCody 05-17-2014 11:22 AM

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Thanks for sharing!! The only thing that really let me down was seeing Connor in that orange helmet!! :kill::puke::wink:

sporkgod50 05-17-2014 11:25 AM

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Nice read. thanks for the post. After drafting Manziel, I couldn't take this line seriously though, "Farmer has made it his mission to add quality people to the roster, not just quality football players."

GregoryHouse 05-17-2014 11:36 AM

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To Missouri game is the game I watched the most so far this off season...think I will put it on again today.

BeatBamaTwice 05-17-2014 12:28 PM

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Outstanding read, thanks!

trapper82 05-17-2014 12:44 PM

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So he was probably going to be picked by Cleveland in the 7th but the trade offer was too good to pass on. Glad the Browns see what Connor Shaw can become.

TaiwanCock 05-17-2014 12:59 PM

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Great read. Thanks for sharing it. How can you not pull for a guy like Shaw?

Garnet Gamecock 05-17-2014 01:22 PM

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My admiration for Connor goes up and up and up...

:clap:

OscarTheGrouch 05-17-2014 01:42 PM

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How can you not think that after reading that article- that even they bothered to write an article about him- that he will not make their regular season roster?

COCKYWOOD 05-17-2014 01:48 PM

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:woo::woo::woo: Great article. :clap::clap::clap:

Cock Kool-Aid 05-17-2014 02:01 PM

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That writing was kind of bizarre when he was describing Shaw's Mizzou performance... "spewing buckets of vomit from his stomach" and "4 IV's plugged in his veins"... I mean not just IVs plugged in, but.... IN HIS VEINS... and not just vomit... but BUCKETS OF VOMIT from his, get this, STOMACH... definitely not your typical sports article style haha

Herbie3 05-17-2014 02:03 PM

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Shaw will wear #9 and he's got Tori Gurley and Spencer Lanning on the team with him.

BlueHerons 05-17-2014 02:51 PM

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Wait, Molly is pregnant???

rioninusc 05-17-2014 03:03 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sporkgod50 (Post 4160191)
Nice read. thanks for the post. After drafting Manziel, I couldn't take this line seriously though, "Farmer has made it his mission to add quality people to the roster, not just quality football players."

yeah, unless he meant quality in general JFB will probably get the browns some quality publicity and drive up sales.:wink:

Cock Kool-Aid 05-17-2014 03:25 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueHerons (Post 4160280)
Wait, Molly is pregnant???

You and Molly tight?

FanofCarolina1 05-17-2014 03:37 PM

Re: Connor Shaw's First Week as a Brown
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sporkgod50 (Post 4160191)
Nice read. thanks for the post. After drafting Manziel, I couldn't take this line seriously though, "Farmer has made it his mission to add quality people to the roster, not just quality football players."

It's funny, That was my first thought exactly when I read that part.

Gamecocks1137 05-17-2014 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Cock Kool-Aid (Post 4160297)
You and Molly tight?

Be cool if it was a boy, grew up and played QB for Carolina. It would be literally the only way to almost have Connor Shaw play QB for us again. :lol:

BlueHerons 05-17-2014 05:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Cock Kool-Aid (Post 4160297)
You and Molly tight?

No, I've never met either one of them.

That's what I picked up from the article that she's preggers considering they are high school sweethearts.

CockyLifer 05-17-2014 10:04 PM

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Well safe to say that Connor will be the 2nd Undrafted QB to make the HOF.


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