Indianapolis Colts kick and punt returner Josh Cribbs said he will jump in the Dawg Pound if he scores against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Cribbs, who signed with the Colts last month, played eight seasons with the Browns and is tied for No. 1 in league history with eight kickoff return touchdowns.
Cribbs, who signed with the Colts last month, played eight seasons with the Browns and is tied for No. 1 in league history with eight kickoff return touchdowns. He said he plans to re-visit the fans in the stands this weekend.
“You’ll definitely see me in the stadium hugging fans. If I had the opportunity to score, I would jump in the Dawg Pound to hug those guys who helped create me and helped give me the strength and the motivation to become what I am today,” Cribbs said on a conference call.
“It definitely won’t be the case when [the Bengals’] Chad Ochocinco tried to jump in the stands having no personal ties in Cleveland. I’ve only gotten positive feedback from the fans happy to see me back at it. They know I tried to play for the Browns.”
Cribbs reportedly wanted to return to Cleveland this season, but the Browns were not interested in bringing him back to help their return game.
In two games this season for the Colts, Cribbs has returned seven kicks for 220 yards and eight punts for 61 yards. During his time with the Browns, he made three Pro Bowls and was selected to the All-Pro First-Team in 2009. He played for the New York Jets last season
Colts running back Trent Richardson, who was traded from the Browns in September 2013, said he is looking forward to proving Cleveland wrong for "giving up" on him.
“Cleveland came for me and there’s no way that I can repay them for doing that,” Richardson said on a conference call. “Saying that, they gave up on me. When I talked to them, they told me it was just a business move because there was nothing that they could help me on as far as the run game. I’m going into this game like it’s my last one.”
The Colts play at the Browns on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino