On Sunday afternoon, the Kent State University football team will have an opportunity to do something Cleveland Browns wide receiver/kick returner, and former Golden Flashes quarterback,
The No. 25-ranked Golden Flashes will play Arkansas State University, champions of the Sun Belt Conference, in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday. It is Kent State’s first postseason appearance since losing to Tampa in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, when current University of Alabama coach and former Browns assistant Nick Saban played for the Golden Flashes.
“I’m very proud and excited that they have the opportunity to be on a big stage like they are,” Cribbs said. “Anything that brings positive energy to the university, I’m excited about because when I was there, nobody really knew who Kent was. Now, they’re starting to get the recognition that they deserve.”
After talking about how proud he was of the Kent State players, Cribbs offered his prediction for the game.
“Kent is going to win, that’s my prediction,” Cribbs said. “I don’t know by how many points, but they will win.”
Cribbs is one of three Browns players who played at Kent State University, along with defensive back
Cribbs was a four-year starting quarterback at Kent State, from 2001-04, and finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 10,839 yards of total offense. He rushed and passed for 1,000 yards in three of his four years and combined for 93 touchdowns between passing (55) and rushing (38). He set 14 school records and has gone on to set NFL records for the most kickoff return touchdowns (eight) and kickoff return yards with one team (10,015).
“It’s an up-and-coming program,” Cribbs said of Kent State. “We had three guys that were All-Decade, three guys that went to the Pro Bowl year after year, myself, (Pittsburgh linebacker) James Harrison and (San Diego tight end) Antonio Gates. We all laid the foundation for guys to get drafted from there. Seeing everything, it just lets me know that Kent was the right choice for me after all.”
Since Cribbs, Harrison and Gates, all of whom earned their ways onto NFL rosters as undrafted free agents, several Golden Flashes, including New England wide receiver Julian Edelman, have been selected in the NFL Draft.“Because we’ve done well, they’ve been looking at guys from that school to say, ‘Hey, they’ve got talent coming out of there,’” Cribbs said. “It’s a direct reflection of our college, and it’s starting to be known.”