Halftime Substitutions: Who is the Browns' John Brooks?

Kevin C. Cox

John Brooks became an overnight sensation -- "the greatest American since Abraham Lincoln" -- with his game-winning goal for the United States against Ghana on Monday. It might not have topped the Landon Donovan goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup, but it was still pretty dammed special, and soccer fans will forever remember the name, "John Brooks."

Brooks became the first player in U.S. history to score a goal in the World Cup as a substitute, which allows us to segue into an NFL topic during the offseason: who is the Cleveland Browns' John Brooks? Think of all of the Browns games you have watched in your career. Do you remember an instance in which a backup entered the game as a substitute, was relatively unknown, and then contributed positively to the outcome of the game?

The best example I have off the top of my head comes from December 2006, when Derek Anderson came in a halftime to relieve an injured Charlie Frye. Anderson threw two touchdowns and had en epic run in overtime in a come-from-behind 31-28 win.

Think about some own "Brooks moments" with the Browns and share them in the comments section below.

Hat tip to Hogs Haven, our Redskins affiliate, for this idea.

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