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Spencer Lanning Says Goodbye to Browns Fans

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After being released by the Cleveland Browns due to the team acquiring Andy Lee from the San Francisco 49ers, Spencer Lanning tweeted the following message to the city of Cleveland:

If you can define "one of the good guys" by someone who exhibited spirit and energy, Lanning was certainly one of them. It's tough that he has to go, but let's reflect on a few of his memorable moments one more time.

The Best Browns QB, Post-1999

Lanning finishes his quarterbacking career 1-for-1 for 11 yards and 1 touchdown, posting a 152.1 QB rating. Lanning's touchdown pass to TE Jordan Cameron against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2013 season helped lead to the team's first victory of the season.

Antonio Brown's Kick to the Face

I still say that the Steelers receiver should have been ejected for this -- you can't kick or punch a player any other time, so why does it matter that it happened during a play? Nonetheless, Lanning became a poster boy in the NFL by literally getting kicked in the face by WR Antonio Brown. Lanning handled the whole thing gracefully in interviews following the incident.

"Saving the Browns' Season?"

If you go to bullet point number 24 in my game review from last year's Browns vs. Falcons game, Lanning, along with OG Joel Bitonio, played key roles in preventing Falcons WR Devin Hester from scoring a return touchdown off of a missed field goal before the end of the first half.

Getting Under Watt's Skin

One player has been able to get under the skin of the best defender in the league, J.J. Watt's, and that's Lanning. He drew two roughing the punter penalties on Watt in last year's game, and it seemed like he might have instigated Watt a bit after the first one to encourage him to go in hard again not too long later. In that same game, Lanning also somehow got a punt off after a botched snap by Christian Yount.