Damarious Randall barely talked the first time the Browns introduced him to the media.

On March 15, a day after General Manager John Dorsey finalized trades for Randall, Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor, the three players fielded questions from reporters during a news conference at team headquarters in Berea.

According to the transcript provided by the Browns ...

• Taylor, a quarterback, spoke 1,493 words

• Landry, a wide receiver, spoke 920 words

• Randall, a free safety, spoke 293 words

Yet as the season unfolded, Randall became one of the most quotable Browns players and a de facto locker room spokesman. He also labeled himself "one of the best trash talkers in the world" last month after a 35-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

It didn't take long for Randall to find his voice with the Browns, but what many football fans may not realize is the starting defensive back who has a team-high four interceptions this season is also on a mission to help children who stutter become comfortable expressing themselves.

"I can really relate to them because I was in their shoes. I was those same kids," Randall said. "Sometimes it just feels like it's you versus the world."

Randall grew up with a stutter. He went to speech therapy from ages 10 to 12 but it didn't seem to do the trick. Then everything suddenly changed when he was 17.

"One day, I just woke up and I was talking normal," he said.

A few years ago, he began supporting SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young. Earlier this season, he used the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign to promote the New York-based nonprofit organization that empowers, educates and supports young people who stutter and the world that surrounds them.

"SAY is beyond grateful to Damarious Randall, the Cleveland Browns, and the NFL for highlighting stuttering, a widely misunderstood speech disability, through 'My Cause, My Cleats.' It’s truly empowering that Damarious talks openly about his stutter, and this campaign is letting kids know that there’s a community of support created especially for them. It’s game-changing," SAY Executive Director Noah Cornman said in an emailed response.

According to SAY, more than 70 million people stutter globally, including over 3 million in the U.S., with 5 percent of all young children stuttering at some point and 1 percent of children stuttering into adulthood.

Randall, 26, has visited SAY and talked to kids about his experiences. He plans to do more with the organization in the offseason and aims to help prevent children from being bullied and silenced. He explained being "a pretty good jokester in middle school and high school" kept his peers from making fun of his stutter frequently, but he knows many kids struggle much more than he did.

"I don't think it affected me that much because I'm a very outgoing person, but everybody is not like me," Randall said. "So some kids really let it take a toll on them because they're not like other kids at school and other kids are picking on them.

"I just had to sit down with a lot of them and let them know it's OK to stutter and it's OK for people to wait for you to get your words out, for you to do things slower. It's OK, and it's nothing that you did wrong 'cause a lot of kids feel like it's something that they did wrong."

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer became SAY's spokesperson in 2014. Randall plans to join him next year as a guest at the organization's summer camp.

Sue Draddy, SAY's senior vice president of development and marketing, said in an email that kids have applied to attend the camp because of Randall.

After Randall sported blue and purple cleats with "SAY" emblazoned on the sides in white letters Dec. 2 against the Houston Texans, he received plenty of feedback on Twitter.

"A lot of kids were saying they didn't know that I stuttered, that they didn't know that I grew up like that and now I'm their new favorite player and they look up to me," Randall said.

He certainly has what it takes to inspire anyone who would like to talk a good game.

"He’s just a guy that’s going to get the best out of you," strong safety Jabrill Peppers said. "You see him talking smack and going crazy, you’re like, 'OK, I’ve got to back him up.' It makes you want to do the same thing."

More importantly, Randall wants to use his voice to remind kids who stutter they're not alone.

"They can accomplish any dreams that they want to up in their life," he said.

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his Browns coverage at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.