David Njoku On Browns Fans, Playing In Cleveland: "I'm Blessed"

The Browns tight hosted a star-studded list of notable names for his Celebrity All-Star Game om Saturday.
Browns tight end David Njoku speaks to the media before his Celebrity Softball game at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH
Browns tight end David Njoku speaks to the media before his Celebrity Softball game at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH / Spencer German
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David Njoku's journey to year eight in the NFL and with the Cleveland Browns has through quite the evolution.

He arrived to Cleveland with high hopes as a first-round pick in 2017. Requested a trade out of the organization in 2020 after Kevin Stefanski was hired. On Saturday, he found himself hosting the first every Celebrity Softball Game at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio with his name on it.

The event was meaningful enough given considering it was for charity, but it also served as a surreal reminder for Njoku or how far he's come.

"It means everything," Njoku said of the moment. "From a kid to a man in seven-to-eight years. A lot has happened in seven-to-eight years and I'm grateful for everything."

Njoku hasn't been shy in addressing the maturation he's gone through since entering the league. During last season he opened up about his touch-and-go relationship with Stefanski, which played a role in his infamous trade request. From the turmoil of their first year together to now, Njoku has turned into a Pro Bowl player and a fan favorite among the Browns faithful.

On the night Cleveland clinched a playoff berth in late December, videos of Njoku taking shots with fans in the parking lot outside Cleveland Browns Stadium made the rounds on social media. He's also become one of the city's biggest defenders, like when Cowboys defensive end Micah Parsons tried to take a shot at the Pro Bowl and the Browns tight end shut it down.

He's embraced the city and in turn the city has embraced him. Njoku believes he's the man he is today because of his relationship Northeast Ohio.

"I appreciate the city of Cleveland tremendously," said Njoku. "Just becoming a man here, there's a lot that entails with that. That's just a general statement but it's so much deeper than that. I'm blessed. I'm very blessed to be here."

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Spencer German

SPENCER GERMAN

Spencer German is a contributor to the Northeast Ohio cluster of sites, including Cavs Insider, Cleveland Baseball Insider and most notably Browns Digest. He also works as a fill-in host on Cleveland Sports Radio, 92.3 The Fan, one of the Browns radio affiliate stations in Cleveland. Despite being a Cleveland transplant, Spencer has enjoyed making Northeast Ohio home ever since he attended college locally at John Carroll University, where he graduated in 2013.