On cut day in the NFL, it’s easy for the eyes of fans and sports writers to glaze over as we look at name after name after name of players who have been released.
It’s easy to forget that as we pass along those names, we’re glossing over the worst day of some of these men’s lives: As NFL teams go about the business of reducing their rosters from 75 to 53 players, a whole lot of young men who have dedicated their lives to playing football are being told that they’re just not good enough, and their NFL dreams are probably over.
A pair of Browns defensive backs. Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald, have taken to their Twitter accounts to reflect on that fact today.
“Just watched a lot of players bag up their stuff and walk out the building,” Wright tweeted (edited for clarity). “Definitely an emotional day. We all put in work. Hurts to see them go.”
Wright added that when the Browns cut McDonald and Gerard Lawson,”I lost my two best friends. . . . Truly it hurts me.”
On the day he found out he hadn’t made the Browns’ roster, McDonald kept a positive attitude.
“The new journey begins,” McDonald tweeted. “Thanks to all. Peace and many many many blessings to all.”