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Bademosi named fourth captain

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Rookie defensive back Johnson Bademosi was named the team’s fourth captain for Sunday’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi has gone from undrafted rookie free agent to leader for the team heading into Sunday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

On Wednesday, Bademosi was named the team’s fourth game captain. Bademosi was nominated for the captaincy by the team’s three permanent captains -- kicker Phil Dawson, middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas.

“I’m honored that my teammates selected me to do that and it’s a big responsibility,” Bademosi said. “I’m up for it.

“I have a lot of respect for those guys and they do a lot of good things. Just walking around, you can observe them and their leadership is apparent. For those guys to put me at their level, select me as a captain for this week, it’s an honor.”

Bademosi made the team out of training camp as a special-teams contributor. Through the first 10 games of the season, he registered 12 total tackles, eight solo stops and four assists on special teams, all of which were first on the team in their respective categories.

After contributing on special teams, Bademosi was inserted into the lineup on defense when cornerback Buster Skrine was knocked out of the game with a concussion late in the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

Bademosi finished the game with three solo tackles and a key pass breakup on a third-down play in overtime.

“He’s been an outstanding player on our special teams and then, he stepped in and played some corner for us on Sunday,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “I think it’s pretty impressive when you have veterans like Phil Dawson, Joe Thomas and D’Qwell who bring to me potential captains and they include rookies, which makes sense because we have so many playing, but the fact that they see leadership in these guys is outstanding.”

Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said a lack of experience and the need for more work on technique were things Bademosi had to work on earlier in the year before getting onto the field for scrimmage downs.

“He did a really nice job filling in and he got tested with that talent level they have in Dallas,” Jauron said. “We really like Johnson. He’s very into it, and clearly, he’s a very tough guy. He wants to do it badly and he wants to do it well. He wants to do it as well as he can possibly do. He works at it all the time. He’s a terrific young man.”

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