If you were looking for a reason to have your heart strings tugged on when it came to new Cleveland Browns punter Andy Lee, read this article from Browns.com. It explains how Lee, who has worn No. 4 his entire career, will be switching to No. 8 as a member of the Browns. Yes, kicker Carey Spear does currently have No. 4, but if Lee wanted it, he could have had it.
The No. 8 represents the number of days that Madelyn, their late daughter, was alive before passing away from post-birth complications this offseason. Lee explained to Browns.com how the tragedy has changed his perspective on life.
"It's just kind of changed the mindset of, say, your son's outside and you don't feel like getting up and throwing the ball with him because you’re tired. Well, get your butt up and go out there and do it because who knows?"
Lee also expressed that he hopes to retire as a member of the Browns, and if his performance during OTAs is any indication as to what he'll bring to the table, Cleveland won't have any reason to let him go elsewhere:
Coaches made new #Browns punter Andy Lee back up during punting drills because they ran out of room on short field. Booting it near 70 yds.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) June 11, 2015