The third-year Browns quarterback greeted, signed autographs for, posed for photos and shot baskets with some of the patients, including a couple of children wearing his “No. 12” jersey. The playground McCoy and the patients used was built by the Browns as part of the team’s 2011 Hometown Huddle project in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Cleveland.
“On an afternoon off in the offseason, it’s a great way to spend your time, go out here and cheer somebody up,” McCoy said. “This is a great day. We spent some time with the kids and it’s been awesome. We played in one of the facilities our organization, the Browns, helped build, one of these playgrounds, and also went in the rooms inside and spent some time with the kids that are sick and their families.”
He added, “I appreciate being able to come do this and just to be able to walk in a room and maybe put a smile on somebody’s face, that’s what it’s all about. Certainly, we benefit more from it more than they do.”
McCoy helped lead a group of Browns, in town for the voluntary offseason workout program, on the player-initiated visit. McCoy was joined at the hospital by offensive lineman
“It’s not about me; it’s not about my teammates,” McCoy said. “It’s about the kids; it’s about their families. It’s about the doctors and giving the folks that work here a break, take the kids off their hands for a little bit and spend some time with them. I’m privileged to be able to do that.”
Although McCoy and his teammates were at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation to spread good will and generate smiles from the patients, they took a lot from the experience.
“It’s a choice,” McCoy said. “Given the opportunity to come out here and spend some time, some quality time with kids and families that are going through some trying times and as fortunate as we are to get to this point, that means the world to me and I know it does to my teammates as well. We’re thrilled to be out here.”