Keegan Kohorst, 7, from Mount Pleasant, Iowa attended Browns coach Eric Mangini's press conference Thursday and met his favorite player, Brady Quinn, after winning an essay contest through the Browns' Kids Club.
Accompanied by a friend and his mother, Kohorst and his mother Jennifer drove 9 1/2 hours and arrived in Cleveland late Wednesday night for their big day.
''We tried to sleep, but it wasn't easy,'' Jennifer Kohorst said. ''We were here very early; we wanted to soak up as much Browns hospitality as we can.''
Keegan's father Keith died in February, 2007 of a massive heart attack after working out on a treadmill, Jennifer Kohorst said. Keith Kohorst was a sports writer at the Mount Pleasant News and sports information director at Iowa Wesleyan College. Jennifer Kohorst said they are Notre Dame fans and have been following Quinn for at least seven years.
''It's the name we yelled a lot,'' Jennifer Kohorst said.
Quinn autographed Keegan's hat and a football for the group and Keegan wore a personalized press pass. Mangini recognized Keegan at the end of the session and coaxed him into asking his question.
''Coach Mangini, if you could have any player in the NFL, who would it be and why?'' Keegan said.
Mangini joked that he wasn't expecting it to be such a hard one and answered, ''I really like the players I have.''
Mangini also asked the Kohorsts if they were fans of 8-0 Iowa and Jennifer Kohorst told Mangini, ''We like heartbreak, that's why we're Browns fans.''