Browns wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs was named the Professional Athlete of the Year on Thursday night during the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas and Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo were the other nominees.
Before Cribbs accepted the award, he met with reporters and acknowledged he had a disappointing 2010 season. He scored only one touchdown, a 65-yard reception, and he wasn't nearly as productive returning kickoffs and punts as he had been in the past. Teams often avoided kicking to him, and dislocated toes on his right foot hindered him for nearly half of the season.
"It's all fans," Cribbs said of receiving the award despite a rough season. ... "There's a lot of things I know they tally up. It's not just on the field because if so, I probably wouldn't be here tonight. I didn't have the best year. Even though I left it all on the field, I did everything I could at that moment to help my team win, it wasn't the best turnout for me personally. There are a lot of things that are tailored to win this award."
Cribbs said his injured right foot has been progressing. He's confident he'll be healthy next season.
"The foot is coming along good," he said. "I've been rehabbing and running a little bit and making sure it'll be 100 percent when it's time to go back at it.
"It is frustrating. Sometimes I look back at this year and I'm like, 'If only I had a strong leg, a strong foot, I would've been able to do this and that.' But I've got to keep in mind that I'm not on the field by myself. Hopefully with this coaching staff, they're bringing in a lot of dominant players, they're going to bring in some young talent and we're going to be a football team to be reckoned with."