Browns visit children's hospital

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Cleveland Browns players visited patients at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cleveland Browns had Tuesday off from practice and film study at the Berea training facility and several members of the team put that time away from football to good use with a visit to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation.

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi joined fullback Owen Marecic, practice squad defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron and linebackers Emmanuel Acho, James-Michael Johnson and Craig Robertson at the facility for Tuesday’s visit with the patients.

“I’m almost speechless,” Bademosi said. “These kids have got smiles on their faces and they’re going through a lot. People are mad because they don’t have enough play time or enough money, but that’s ridiculous. If these kids can have a smile on their faces and be happy, and some of them have cancer, there’s no reason why anybody else shouldn’t be smiling. It’s a great day for the Browns and I’m happy to be here.”

Acho added, “It’s just an awesome time to be able to give back. A lot of guys say that, but it’s more important to be able to do it. Craig (Robertson) and I carpooled up here on our day off. We were able to come and serve and help those who can’t really help themselves and just try to put a smile on some people’s faces when it’s so difficult to smile in the predicament they’re in.”

In addition to visiting with the patients, some of the players danced with them. Some of the newest Browns were learning how to do “The Wobble” from the children at the facility.

“Whenever we’ve got a good little core of guys, we all have a blast,” Acho said. “We know it’s not about where you go or what you’re doing, but who you’re with. We know the more energy we bring, the kids will feed off of it. If you’re going to do something, do it whole-heartedly and do it 100 percent.”

Robertson added, “It’s just fun to see the smiles on those girls’ faces doing something as small as ‘The Wobble.’ It’s always a good feeling, amazing. It’s a totally different feeling to come out here and just make people happy. It’s always good to give back. You need that getting ready for football. That’s the perfect getaway you could have.”

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