Upon being introduced to the media Wednesday afternoon, New Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme took the podium in Berea and simply spoke from the heart.
Unlike many athletes these days, there's no pretentiousness with Delhomme. He's merely a veteran guy who, in his own words, "wants to win" and wears his "emotions on my sleeve."
Here's a few question and answers from the short press conference to help you get to know him better:
Q) Have you meet many of your new new teammates yet?
"To be honest with you, I'm still learning people's names. But I do know there's a lot of young players here - receivers (Mohamed) Massaquoi and Brian (Robiskie) - and I met some others. But it's still early in the process."
Q) How did you choose Cleveland over other teams, especially New Orleans, where you played early in your career?
"We set up two visits, to Cleveland and New Orleans. A bunch of other teams called, but that's how we started. I came here and things went real well. I was at the airport and headed to New Orleans but the weather in Atlanta (connecting flight) was bad. We kept getting delayed, delayed... So I just ended up catching a flight back to Charlotte."
Q) So why didn't you still try to get to New Orleans later?
"Because I had the opportunity to compete (for a starting job) here. I asked myself, 'Do I want to compete or hold a clip board (behind Super Bowl MVP quarterback Drew Brees). I'm just ready for that. Plus, I'm a glass half-full kind of guy. This is a fresh start for me."
Q) What happened to cause such a bad season in Carolina last year?
"I just didn't play good football from Week One on. We didn't have the same continuity and I probably tried too hard and pressed. It didn't work because I wasn't being me."
Q) Why you were so emotional in your final press conference in Carolina after being released?
"I'm a guy who wears my emotions on my sleeve. My seven years there was great, and I got close to a lot of people...Those are the things that mean a lot to me - those relationships, those ties. When I first went to Carolina in March of 2003, I didn't know anyone, but I made a lot of good friends there."
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