Where are your former Browns now? WR Derrick Alexander 


The Browns had an excellent workforce in 1994. That yr Cleveland went 11-5-0 and received a playoff recreation in opposition to the New England Patriots. It was Bill Belichick’s Browns in opposition to him mentor Bill Parcells, then head coach of the Patriots.

In the professional soccer situation of Sports Illustrated the next summer time, they predicted the Browns would meet the Dallas Cowboys within the Super Bowl. And if they really had, it could have been their final recreation as a franchise from Cleveland.

Early in that 1995 season, there have been rumors that Cleveland was leaving city. Browns’ proprietor Art Modell had waited for the City of Cleveland to construct him a brand new stadium. The baseball Indians had a brand new stadium. The basketball Cavaliers had a brand new enviornment. The Browns could be subsequent, proper? However, that call drug out and finally Modell had misplaced his persistence.

The City of Baltimore made him a pitch, and he took it. The rumors had been swirling which affected the 3-1-0 Browns. Suddenly, the gamers, coaches, entrance workplace and everybody concerned with the Cleveland Browns grew to become extra targeted on what was about to transpire than easy methods to win soccer video games. The backside fell out, the Browns completed at 5-11-0, Belichick was fired after which the Browns started packing for his or her transfer to Baltimore.

But throughout that 1995 season, it wasn’t all dangerous information. The yr earlier than, Cleveland had the ninth decide within the 1994 NFL draft and chosen CB Antonio Langham out of Alabama. The Philadelphia Eagles had two first-round picks: Number 14 and 29. The latter was a compensatory decide. As the draft unfolded, the Browns noticed one in every of their prized draft board names was nonetheless on the board as the top of Round 1 approached: WR Derrick Alexander from Michigan. Cleveland then made a commerce with the Eagles to get Alexander with the ultimate choice within the first-round. It price the Browns two second-round picks, however in the long run they took Alexander with decide #29.

Alexander (6’-2”, 195 kilos) was a standout athlete. At Benedictine High School in Detroit he performed baseball. He was a protracted jumper in observe, received the Catholic League finals within the 100-meters plus was a State Champion within the 200-meters. He performed operating again, security, receiver and returned kickoffs and punts on the soccer workforce. His greatest sport was basketball the place on the ahead place he averaged 19 factors a recreation.

He finally targeted solely on soccer due to the quantity of consideration he was receiving from a slew of faculties throughout the nation. In the particular highschool soccer tabloid printed by the Detroit Free Press for the autumn of 1989, Alexander was ranked Number 2 within the listing of Top-50 soccer prospects for your entire state. The line for his school profession resolution was out the door and down the road. Eventually, he selected Michigan.

When he graduated in 1993, his Wolverine profession included 125 receptions for 1,977 yards with 22 touchdowns and a 15.8 common per catch. He additionally returned 42 punts for 534 yards and had scored 4 touchdowns, together with one in his ultimate recreation with Michigan within the Hall of Fame Bowl. Alexander had been named First Team All-Big 10 (1992, 1993) and Third Team All-American (1992).

In 1993, the Browns had Mark Carrier and Michael Jackson as their main receivers for the 7-9-0 Belichick coached roster. But Cleveland lacked pace on the receiver place and they also chosen the former observe star Alexander within the 1994 draft with the 36” vertical leap.

Now for 1994, Alexander grew to become the starter early on and had changed Carrier. That yr was magical through which Cleveland started 6-1-0 and completed 11-5-0, one recreation out of the division league chief Pittsburgh. Two of the Browns’ losses that yr had been to the Steelers.

Alexander was a part of that Cleveland roster that moved to Baltimore starting in 1996. He performed two seasons in Cleveland, then two with Baltimore earlier than signing with Kansas City for 4 years earlier than ending out his enjoying days in Minnesota for a single season earlier than an ACL damage and subsequent surgical procedure ended his profession.