Browns' Hoyer bursts with Cleveland pride over LeBron

Browns' Hoyer bursts with Cleveland pride over LeBron
July 12, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Clevelanders are bursting with pride over the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers. And among those bursting are Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer.

“He means so much to this community,” Hoyer said, as reported by “I think all the bad feelings were washed away because it’s kind of like welcome home for the prodigal son.

“For me, I’m a Clevelander first. Whether I play for the Browns or not – I want this city to do well. For him to come back, what it’s going to do for the industry, the economy, it’s huge. Until I see him in a uniform it almost feels like, is this for real? Because he means that much to this area.”

Hoyer graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. His parents were Indians season-ticket holders. In fact, on Saturday, he threw out the first pitch before the Indians game at Progressive Field.

After James announced his decision – a lower-case “d” decision this time – to leave the Miami Heat for the Cavs via a first-person piece at, Hoyer highlighted one passage from the article in a tweet: “Best quote from @KingJames article. 'In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have" #Cleveland'”

Going beyond Twitter, Hoyer said: “It really hit home with what LeBron said about Northeast Ohio. LeBron grew up here. He knows what it is. It’s a blue-collar town. It’s blue-collar country. Everyone in this area, you work for what you get. And I think that’s what he was trying to say.

“I’ve never had a chance to say something like that before, but that’s kind of been my philosophy my whole career. Nothing's ever been handed to me. I’ve worked for what I’ve got.”

If you're so inclined, you can read into what Hoyer is saying as his way of contrasting himself with the player widely expected to displace him as the Browns starter at quarterback, first-round pick, media sensation and serial partier Johnny Manziel.

Now, Hoyer apparently didn't specifically mention Manziel, but the Heisman winner is widely perceived to have come from a privileged background. Manziel has attracted the spotlight quickly at a young age. And the narrative about Johnny Football – though he obviously couldn't just walk onto the field and start throwing touchdowns – doesn't include quotes like “Nothing's ever been handed to me. I’ve worked for what I’ve got.”

Of course, whether Hoyer actually was knocking Manziel won't have any effect on who ends up as the QB, not even if Hoyer has scored points with Cleveland fans, who in the end will prefer the guy who scores the points that go on the scoreboard.

Plus, don't forget, for all of that blue-collar talk, fans everywhere like star power, which is what James has and what Manziel has brought with him to the NFL.