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Joe Haden nominated for Cleveland athlete of the year

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The Browns will be well represented at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Jan. 22.

Cornerback Joe Haden has been nominated for professional athlete of the year – alongside pitcher Corey Kluber of the Indians and point guard Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards has turned into one of the crown jewels on the city's calendar. Former Ohio State and NFL great Eddie George is emceeing the event, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to be in attendance and legendary Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton is set to receive a lifetime achievement award.

At last year's ceremony, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon brought home the award for professional athlete of the year.

Previous winners of the award 2013 –Josh Gordon

2012 – Kyrie Irving

2011 – Asdrubal Cabrera

2010 – Josh Cribbs

2009 – LeBron James

Haden's case for the award is strong, producing what many consider to be the best year of his career. The Florida alumnus finished 2014 with a career-high 73 tackles, 20 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Should Haden win the award, he will have to prepare his statement in advance. The 25-year-old will be in Arizona practicing for this year's Pro Bowl. 

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