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Nick Chubb is a coach’s dream, a general manager’s dream, an owner’s dream and a city’s dream.
Nick Chubb had Cleveland from Jump Street. Quiet, hard-working, dependable, productive, ego-less. The ultimate blue-collar player for the ultimate blue-collar city.
Lunch pail Chubb is a throwback. He’s not necessarily in it for the money, the glamour, the fame, or for ego gratification. He’s in it for one reason, and one reason only: to play a little football. Winning football, because he’s the ultimate winning player.
In the NFL there may be no quieter star. In the NFL there may be no star whose earned the right to be noisier about, infatuated with, or stuck on himself more than Nick Chubb. But that’s not Nick Chubb.
Chubb is everything that’s right about professional sports. He embodies everything those who run pro sports teams look for. He’s the kind of player and person that scouts crave. His bosses don’t have to worry about him off the field, but his opponents have to majorly worry about him on the field.
Chubb is also now something else: very wealthy.
The Browns have signed the 25-year-old running back to a three-year $36.6 million contract extension. The deal will keep one of Cleveland’s most popular football heroes with the Browns through the peak years of his career.
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“From the day Nick Chubb first entered our facilities,” said Browns general manager Andrew Berry in a news release, “it was clear to see that he would become a pillar of our organization. Although Nick may be a man of few words. . . his actions over the past three years have reverberated within the walls of our building.”
The Browns have three other key players eligible for extensions: quarterback Baker Mayfield, cornerback Denzel Ward and guard Wyatt Teller, but it’s telling that the first player of the group to be signed to an extension was the indispensable Chubb, whom the Browns selected out of Georgia in the second round, the 35th overall pick, of the 2018 Draft.
Chubb has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of the last two seasons, during which he’s rushed for an average of 1,280 yards per season, with 20 touchdowns. In those two years Chubb’s yards-per-carry average of 5.2 matches that of Jim Brown’s in his nine years with the Browns.
“Nick’s on-field contributions stand for themselves,” Berry said. “He is a dynamic runner who is on pace to be one of the most accomplished players to ever don an orange helmet at the position. But it’s his work ethic, intelligence, toughness and selflessness that makes us proud that he represents our city. Quite plainly, Nick embodies the soul of our team and we are thrilled that he will be a Cleveland Brown for years to come.”
“A great player. An even better person,” said Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
The only downside to signing his extension was that it forced Chubb to talk about his least-favorite subject – himself.
“I’m very happy where I am. I love it here in Cleveland. I love the team, I love the coaches, I love the position I’m in,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better than where I’m at. Cleveland is where I want to be.”
Chubb is a key member of a stacked Browns offense that has flourished with the arrival of the reigning NFL Coach of the Year Kevin Stefanski. Last year Cleveland went 11-5, reached the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, and won a playoff game for the first time in 23 years.
This year the bar is set even higher, as the Browns hope to scratch their name off the very short list of teams that have never made it to the Super Bowl.
In Chubb, they have the workhorse running back who can help get them there.
“I don’t talk much. I go out there and work,” Chubb said. “It says a lot that guys notice it, and guys appreciate it. Because that’s who I am.”
If the Browns manage to win a Super Bowl during one of the years of Chubb’s extension, he’ll likely be one of the big reasons why. But he won’t be the guy making any postgame victory speeches.
“We are a good team. The way we execute, we do things right,” he said. “We know we can play with the best teams, and find a way to win.”
Chubb is all about winning. But, more refreshing still: Chubb is not all about Chubb.