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Brandon Weeden wants to follow Kurt Warner’s career path

Brandon Weeden, Tom Heckert AP

Kurt Warner didn’t start an NFL game until he was 28 years old, but when he finally became a starter he made the most of it, winning the MVP in 1999 and the Super Bowl MVP that postseason. That sounds like a good path for Brandon Weeden to follow.

Weeden, the Browns’ second first-round pick on Thursday night, knows he has a very long way to go before anyone will compare him to Warner for any reason other than the late start to his NFL career. But in a conversation with Warner on NFL Network, Weeden said that as a 28-year-old rookie, he’s using Warner as a role model.

“As you know, maturity, leadership, how you go about business in a locker room, I think that goes a long way — especially playing this position,” Weeden told Warner. “I use you as an example all the time. You had a tremendous career, won a lot of games starting at 28, all the way through your 30s and had a fantastic career. I’m not comparing myself to you — I hope to be mentioned in the same sentence as you — but longevity-wise, I think I’ve got a lot of football left in my tank. If I can play for eight, 10, 12 years, that’s a heck of an NFL career and something I would take a lot of pride in.”

Weeden referred to Browns quarterback Colt McCoy as “a great player,” but he said he’s looking forward to competing with McCoy. The Browns will have a good pick if Weeden is better than McCoy. If Weeden can become anything like Warner, they’ll have a great pick.

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  1. cali49er707 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    so does the guy bagging groceries at checkstand#8 at your local grocery store!!!

  2. Peter Venkman says: Apr 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    Would Weeden need to have a wife with a butch haircut too then?

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    I think Weeden just stole Tim Tebow’s speech and replaced “Sanchez” with “Colt.”

  4. cakemixa says: Apr 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    Lol @ Miami. Give me Weeden over Tannehill – twice on Sunday.

  5. beerbaron says: Apr 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    What a slob. They should’ve picked the tall guy in the suit.

  6. medtxpack says: Apr 27, 2012 3:48 PM

    Weeden > McCoy

  7. rexismybff says: Apr 27, 2012 3:48 PM

    “… but he said he’s looking forward to dropping McCoy off at the Greyhound station with a one-way ticket to Milwaukee…”

    – fixed it for you

  8. brazy44 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    i think it’s cool of the browns to let a local kid with down syndrome hand weeden his jersey in that photo op.

  9. clayjayhawk says: Apr 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    McCoy to the packers sounds really good to me! He won’t get to play but he will be really good in about 2 years when he will be ready to start. He’ll move on like Flynn and we’ll do it all again.

  10. westclaims says: Apr 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    If you’re under 28 years old, this may not make sense to you. But at that age, the maturity factor will play a HUGE role in his process.

  11. bombacim says: Apr 27, 2012 3:51 PM

    Unfortunetly, Mr Weeded, you won’t have the likes of Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Larry Fitgerald, or Anquan Boldin to throw to like Mr. Warner had.

  12. steveohho says: Apr 27, 2012 3:51 PM

    Who is that goober to the right of Weeden in the picture?

  13. dawkinseffect says: Apr 27, 2012 3:51 PM

    Browns GM Tom Heckert really let himself go

  14. maxvv says: Apr 27, 2012 3:53 PM

    A top 10 pick if it weren’t for his age. Yeah, the Browns reached in the sense that they could have probably landed him later, but who cares? They got a hell of a talent.

    There’s something to be said about a guy who washed out in one sport, worked hard, and wound up a first round pick in another. Good luck, Brandon!

  15. jimcaldwellsucks says: Apr 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    Their GM looks special

  16. noahbird says: Apr 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    So, Weeden wants to go to work at a grocery store, play in Europe, and then come back to the NFL? That is silly.

  17. tcostant says: Apr 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    Hopefully he can skip the stock boy job…

  18. drexelvol says: Apr 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    Cool, have fun playing in the Arena league for a few years then.

  19. cletusvandam says: Apr 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    He will, into retirement in about 3 years.

  20. wawa33 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:58 PM

    If Weeden follows Kurt Warner’s path, he must first become a box boy at a local supermarket and marry an annoying talking-head wife who gets a frightenginly short haircut.

  21. kpow55 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:59 PM

    i’m 5′ 10″, i want to be compared to that oompa loompa the Titans drafted

  22. joshmelder says: Apr 27, 2012 3:59 PM

    To the UFL!

  23. pftfollower says: Apr 27, 2012 3:59 PM

    That would require winning and playing in superbowls.

    you do know the BROWNS drafted you, right?

  24. brownsclown says: Apr 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    Why is Heckert wearing Rex Ryan’s pajamas?

  25. wallacejay says: Apr 27, 2012 4:04 PM

    It’s cool that Weeden took a pic with Corky from Life Goes On

  26. jenniferxxx says: Apr 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    Words you never thought you’d hear in a sentence … ‘Colt McCoy’ and ‘great player’.

  27. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    Hilarious that I, a Dolphins fan, get booed for weeks saying I want Weeden over Tannehill, and then a “give me Weeden over Tannehill” comment gets a 10:1 thumbs up ratio.

    People become big fans of a player once that player gets drafted to their team. Except Dolphin fans, who find a way to hate everything.

  28. wludford says: Apr 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    It’s worth noting that at 28, Warner had 3-4 years of arena league playing experience, in addition to college football, went undrafted and was signed bascially as a cheap free-agent walk-on.

    Weeden, on the other hand, at 28, an ex-pitcher, now with some college football under his belt, was taken in the first-round. Not exactly a bargain for a guy with that age and pedigree.

    Still, under the rationale that he’s a definite upgrade over McCoy, and may be able to start day 1, the Browns could’ve done worse.

  29. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 27, 2012 4:08 PM

    Now all Weeden needs is Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt and Mike Martz and he’s set.

  30. gallogj says: Apr 27, 2012 4:10 PM

    Is it just me or does Heckert look like the green guy from Ghostbusters? I ain’t fraid of no ghost.

  31. ravenspit says: Apr 27, 2012 4:14 PM

    Damn Beer- I laughed so hard at your comment I fell out of my chair. Funny how the player looks 10x more professional that the GM.

  32. docboss says: Apr 27, 2012 4:14 PM

    Ok “boys”, take all your cheap shots at Brenda Warner. Have you seen her lately? You can only wish! Classy lady whose personal life is quite compelling. The Warners’ life story alone should be placed in the HOF. Good luck Weeden. The Browns can make you a winner if they just get some more playmakers in the the remainder of the draft, but the Steelers and Ravens are brutal and the Bengals are moving up. Toughest division in the AFC, maybe the entire NFL.

  33. skylark70455 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    More likely to follow the career path of Kurt Kitter, than Warner.

  34. gallogj says: Apr 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    Heckert must have missed the “wear a tie to the press conference” memo. As well as the “don’t stare off into space like a teenage boy who just saw a girl naked” during a photo memo.

  35. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    Nice of him to give his draft jersey to the special needs guy.

  36. scottysayz66 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    Did anybody expect him to say Chris Weinke, Drew Henson, or Chad Hutchinson???

  37. voiceofrealism says: Apr 27, 2012 4:20 PM

    so he wants to be in training camp with Holmgren and then cut before the start of the season? Kurt was.

  38. drexelvol says: Apr 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    The guy on the right looks like he needs to be wearing a helmet…at all times.

  39. onlyincleveland0316 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    Heckert is recovering from heart surgery jack-offs. Geez!

  40. realskipbayless says: Apr 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    Weeden will be a solid pro style qb for Atleast 6-8 years.

  41. billmead1976 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:27 PM

    Career clipboard carrier. Wasted pick. Last Big 12 QBto do anything in the Big leagues? Troy Aikman?

  42. howiehandles says: Apr 27, 2012 4:31 PM

    “i think it’s cool of the browns to let a local kid with down syndrome hand weeden his jersey in that photo op.”

    That’s f’d up. lol

    Didn’t Heckert recently have open heart surgery?

    “What a slob. They should’ve picked the tall guy in the suit.”

    Well done.

  43. baredon says: Apr 27, 2012 4:32 PM

    Being excited about being a Brown is the same as being excited over crabs….

  44. alaricsrevenge says: Apr 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    So who’s the window licker?

  45. gallogj says: Apr 27, 2012 4:58 PM

    Heckert to Weeden, “Have you seen my baseball?”

  46. joemammy says: Apr 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    alaricsrevenge says:

    So who’s the window licker?
    —————
    Ummmm……..you?

  47. fin72 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:03 PM

    Tom Heckert was great as Cameron Diaz’s brother in Something About Mary.

  48. tdk24 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:07 PM

    “Brandon Weeden wants to follow Kurt Warner’s career path”.

    All the more reason to allow “Bounty Programs”. But nooooooo, the NFL can’t let this kid fully live out his dream now.

  49. pmars64 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:10 PM

    I’m a Browns fan, I’m telling you this guy will BUST. Played in a simple, one read, shot-gun, spread offense. He’s got A LOT of work to do before he can be a quality starter, if he ever gets there. Steelers and Ravens will eat him alive.

    Can you spell R-E-A-C-H??

    Holmgren pulled rank on this one, for sure. I hope he retires soon so Heckert can run the draft without him throwing his weight around.

    Can you say top 5 pick in 2013 draft?

  50. denverscott says: Apr 27, 2012 5:18 PM

    Clean up, aisle 14, the chick on her knees…….. I want to follow that same path

  51. drshakedown74 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:19 PM

    just remember…..its also gods fault when you lose.

  52. drshakedown74 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:22 PM

    Seems like a lot of the post on here…..is stuff I heard out of Gruden or Boomers mouth last night……….GET ORIGINAL people, if I wanted to hear Kipers opinion, I’d friggin call him.

  53. beeronthefridge says: Apr 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    Weede is a wasted pick. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!

  54. geezohman says: Apr 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    I looked up Colt McCoy passing stats this past year. Some interesting numbers:
    about 17th in the NFL for completing passes. Not bad, about 7th in the AFC ! not bad again…CONSIDERING…
    his receivers were constanting considered the worst. Most dropped passes, least completed years, least completed TDs
    ———–

    2. When Browns overreached for Weeden at 22 that dropped the best Offense Guard right into the Steelers lap at #24, now giving Big Ben a ‘split’ second more to scramble (past the Cleveland Browns defense.

    —————–
    I just can’t believe that Harrison and Ray Lewis aren’t licking their ‘chops’ thinking about playing another rookie… 4 games… can’t believe the Browns have any chance and add how good Bengals have become… 6 games.. lost.

    ————
    finally: picking at RB not only in the First Round but giving up 3 picks to go to #3 !
    Last time a RB was picked in first round was Reggie Bush 2006… WHY… its a pass happy league and RB aren’t super critical.
    Not only that but look up the all mighty ALabama RB last took in a draft: Mark INgram, was a sophmore Heisman Trophy winner, played on the undefeated National Champ team..oh.. he went 2nd round and with New Orleans had less than 500 yards ! lol

    ———-
    The BROWNS fans standard comment: Wait till next year

  55. JaminJake says: Apr 27, 2012 5:28 PM

    bombacim says:
    Apr 27, 2012 3:51 PM
    Unfortunetly, Mr Weeded, you won’t have the likes of Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Larry Fitgerald, or Anquan Boldin to throw to like Mr. Warner had.

    ==================

    Oh, but he does have TRENT RICHARDSON! Woops that doesn’t make the situation any better

  56. barkhardandloud says: Apr 27, 2012 5:30 PM

    pmars64 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:10 PM

    I’m a Browns fan, I’m telling you this guy will BUST. Played in a simple, one read, shot-gun, spread offense. He’s got A LOT of work to do before he can be a quality starter, if he ever gets there. Steelers and Ravens will eat him alive.

    Can you spell R-E-A-C-H??

    Holmgren pulled rank on this one, for sure. I hope he retires soon so Heckert can run the draft without him throwing his weight around.

    Can you say top 5 pick in 2013 draft?

    ——————
    Go Root for F%^$ Buffalo
    ;) Sooooooouppp

  57. packerman1968 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:31 PM

    I am all for a good joke, but when you all start making fun of a special needs kid( in picture).

    You make me sick.

  58. mrfrostyj says: Apr 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    QB competition in Cleveland between Weeden and McCoy with the winner getting rich off of Trent Richardson, Phil Dawson and the Browns defense carrying the team.

  59. therealkennypowers55 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    Kurt Warner?!?!?

    More like Chris Wienke

  60. denverscott says: Apr 27, 2012 6:01 PM

    drshakedown74 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:19 PM

    just remember…..its also gods fault when you lose.
    THAT’S why babies die. THAT’S why 68 yr old women get shot in their wheelchair waiting for a ride. THAT’S why a 4 yr old got bunged by a preist. Because of YOUR god. Lift it (look at the taint) and lick

  61. johnnyquick says: Apr 27, 2012 6:07 PM

    This has to be the brown’s worst 1st round picks in the history of the draft.

    According to the main Brown, Jim Brown, Trent Richardson is an average back, at best.

    Furthermore, Weeden will be a 30 year old rookie at the position you need to learn the most. He could be ready to retire by the time he learns the playbook.

    What a drop-off: from Jim Brown to Trent Richardson and from Otto Graham to Weeden.

    The browns want to assure themselves the number 1 pick next year

  62. granadafan says: Apr 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    Heart surgery or no, “Corky” Heckert could have put on a suit or at least tucked his shirt in.

  63. browns627 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:38 PM

    this kid will do great..he throws a 97 mph fastball.. compare him to kurt but i see him passing like farve but not someone who forces things…

  64. j0esixpack says: Apr 27, 2012 6:39 PM

    I guess one and done for Super Bowls isn’t the worst goal. Hopefully he won’t delude himself into believing fabricated stories about opponents taping walk throughs when his career is over.

    That’s just sad.

  65. paychrisjohnson28 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:47 PM

    Go on YouTube and look up Brandon Weeden football and baseball highlights, the man has a much stronger arm than Colt McCoy and he is accurate. The Browns will get some receivers in draft or free agency, why not T.O. ?! He will be a solid mature NFL Quarterback. Mark it down ! From the Arena League to the Superbowl with Trent Richardson and Weeden Co-MVPs!

  66. paychrisjohnson28 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:10 PM

    Who did Brandon Weeden beat his senior year at Oklahoma State? He beat Baylor /RG3 and his last game he beat Stanford/Andrew Luck ! The Top 2 picks in the draft! Beat em both !

  67. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 28, 2012 1:35 AM

    clayjayhawk says:
    Apr 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    McCoy to the packers sounds really good to me! He won’t get to play but he will be really good in about 2 years when he will be ready to start. He’ll move on like Flynn and we’ll do it all again.
    _______________________

    Packer fans’ intelligence > Browns fans’ intelligence.

    The Packer fans are thinking three years down the road.

    The Browns fans are invoking the names of Warner and Staubach and thinking Weeden will take them to the Super Bowl throwing to stiffs like Little and MoMass because Colt was the only thing keeping them down.

  68. hijackthemic says: Apr 29, 2012 3:53 PM

    If NFL teams really thought Weeden was good enough to be a franchise quarterback he would have been the third pick off the board. Not to crush dreams or anything, but get real.

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