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Weeden Drafted By Browns After Once Getting Traded For Brown

With the 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Brandon Weeden, the highly productive quarterback from Oklahoma State. Nothing so unusual about this move, except for the fact that the Oklahoma City native is a 28-year-old former baseball prospect.

Weeden arrived on the Stillwater campus in 2007, after toiling through the minor leagues with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals organizations. Weeden, who was an outstanding amateur pitcher, was selected by the Yankees in the 2002 MLB draft.

Prior to the 2004 season, Weeden was traded by New York, along with Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban, to LA, in exchange for the once formidable and always surly Kevin Brown.

So, within a span of eight years, Weeden was traded for a player named Brown in baseball, while also getting drafted by a team named the Browns in football.

Perhaps, Weeden will look to continue the “brown” trend by choosing to obtain a postgraduate degree at Providence’s Brown University?

Or, if his NFL career does not work out, maybe he will take a job at UPS?

What can the Browns do for Brandon Weeden?

Maybe Cleveland can trade Colt McCoy to the Colts?

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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