May 11, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) works out during rookie training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
In an article on ESPN's Playbook website, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden talked about his transition from baseball to football. For those who are not aware of how far his baseball career lasted and why it ended:
Weeden’s professional baseball career started off well. Selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2002 MLB draft out of Santa Fe High in Edmond, Okla., Weeden sported an ERA below 3.00 in each of his first two professional seasons. But shoulder trouble and ineffectiveness plagued him the next three years, and he was eventually released by the Kansas City Royals' organization on the last day of spring training in 2007.
Weeden stated that two days later, Oklahoma State reached out to him. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon commented on his surprise the first time he learned about Weeden's age compared to his teammates:
"I didn’t even know he was 25," Blackmon said of first meeting Weeden. "I went through my whole first year thinking he was our age. He was a class above me -- he was a redshirt freshman when I was a freshman -- and I had no idea. I didn’t even know until after he was married. He had his wedding my second year and I was like, ‘Why are you getting married, man?’ He’s like, ‘Dude, I’m 25 years old, I don’t have much longer.’"