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December 1, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns cornerback Joe Haden should be applauded for letting his raw emotions surface during a short interview with reporters following a 32-28 loss to the Jaguars.
Haden was visibly shaken close to half an hour after getting beat by Cecil Shorts on a 20-yard touchdown pass. The play came in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and sealed the win for the Jaguars.
Haden's eye were red from having shed tears earlier. He fought back tears and his voice quivered while passionately talking to reporters in the locker room.
Haden showed a side of professional athletes we seldom. Some don't care as much about winning or losing. The ones that do seldom allow the world outside of the locker room see how they really feel.
Haden silenced critics that think all athletes are insensitive, greedy people that care only about money. Haden wants to win, and he wants to win badly. The losses that have piled up -- three straight and six of the last seven -- are getting to him.
Haden took full responsibility for getting beaten on a double move by Shorts. He went on to express how tired he's become of losing, saying, "I can say "we're going to get better each week, but it doesn't mean anything until we do it."
The interview should be shown to every young athlete that might not be giving his or her all to the team. Sometimes the games seem like play time to athletes because of the trash talking and needless celebrations, but there are some that take it seriously.
Haden is one of those guys. His show of emotion was needed on a team that's struggling in so many ways.
Hopefully, fans will see Haden's actions for what they were -- heart-felt and genuine. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many will make fun of him for somehow being less of a man.
That would be a shame.
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