Kellen Winslow II
name=Kellen Winslow Jr.
caption=Winslow in 2008
birthdate=birth date and age|1983|7|21
birthplace=San Diego, California
University of Miami
John Mackey AwardWinner
Pro Bowlselection (2007)
Kellen Boswell Winslow II [ [http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/kellen_winslow Kellen Winslow player page] NFL.com. Accessed 18 July 2007.] (born
July 21, 1983in San Diego, California) is an American football tight endfor the Cleveland Brownsof the National Football League. He is the son of Kellen Winslow, a Hall of Fame tight end who played for the San Diego Chargers.
Scripps Ranch High Schoolin San Diego and then the University of Miami, where he was a two-year starter and finished his collegiate career with 119 receptions for 1,365 yards (11.47 yards per reception) and nine touchdowns in 38 games. He also recorded a safety while playing on special teams during his freshman season.
After his junior season, Winslow was selected as a First-Team
All-American by the Associated Press. He also won the John Mackey Awardas the nation's best collegiate tight end.
Winslow generated significant national attention following a 2003 University of Miami loss to the
University of TennesseeVolunteers. During a sweep play for Miami wide receiver/cornerback Devin Hester, Winslow made a terrific block on two Volunteers, effectively taking both defenders out of the play. Following the block, Winslow stood over both players, taunting injured Tennessee defensive back Corey Campbell. When questioned during the media session following the game Winslow admitted that he had known Campbell was injured but didn't care,
"Yeah, I don't give a hell. It's about this U, man. I don't give a flyin' you-know-what about a Vol. I don't give a damn! He would do the same thing to me. It's war. They don't give a freakin' you-know-what about you. They will kill you. They're out there to kill you. So I'm 'a kill 'em. You write that in the paper. You write that. You make money off that. No, man, I'm pissed. All y'all take this down. I'm pissed, man. We don't care about nobody except this U. We don't. If I didn't hurt him, he'd hurt me. They were gunnin' for my legs. I'm a come right back at 'em. I'm a fuckin' soldier!" [cite video | year=2006 | date=17-06| url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I82BPA5QAaQ | title=Kellen Winslow is a soldier | publisher=YouTube]
Winslow took heavy criticism for the rant since many critics felt it was disrespectful to actual soldiers who were serving on duty in the
Iraq War, which had started several months before. On November 10, 2003, Winslow issued a written apology for his comments, writing that: "I meant no disrespect to the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the Armed Forces. I cannot begin to imagine the magnitude of war or its consequences."
Winslow was drafted by the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Miami with the sixth pick in the first round of the
2004 NFL Draft. Cleveland head coach Butch Daviswas also the coach who recruited Winslow to the University of Miami before leaving for the NFL prior to ever coaching Winslow in college.
Somewhat surprisingly, Winslow was not the first University of Miami player selected in the 2004 Draft after draft day speculation that he could become the first tight end drafted number one overall. That honor went to the late Sean Taylor, who was chosen by the
Washington Redskinsone selection earlier, with the fifth overall selection.
Winslow would eventually choose sports agents Carl and Kevin Poston of Professional Sports Planning Inc. (PSP) to represent him at the negotiating table. The Poston brothers - whose clients at the time also included
Orlando Paceand Charles Woodson- seemed an odd choice. Although respected in many circles for their ability to secure hefty contracts for their clients, the pair had developed difficult working relationships with several teams, league executives and the NFL Players' Association. In March 2006, Carl Poston was suspended for two years by the NFLPA disciplinary committee after admitting that he had not read the contract of Washington Redskins' linebacker LaVar Arrington, which did not include an agreed upon $6.5 million bonus. Arrington would later buy his way out of his Redskins contract to avoid arbitration in the matter. Eventually, the Postons secured a six-year $40 million deal for Winslow, including a $16.5 million signing bonus.
2004 leg injury
Winslow was expected to give the Cleveland offense an immediate boost. Two games into his rookie season, however, he suffered a broken right
fibula, costing him $5.3 million in incentive bonuses. The injury kept him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year after having only recorded five catches for 50 yards. After two operations on the injured leg, Winslow was supposed to make a full and complete recovery in time for the 2005 season. He had made his NFL debut versus the Baltimore Ravenson September 12.
2005 motorcycle accident
This expectation changed on May 1, 2005 when Winslow, while riding his
Suzuki GSX-R750motorcycle in a community college parking lot in suburban Westlake, hit a curb at about 35 mph and was thrown from his bike. Winslow sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligamentin his right knee and was placed on the "Physically Unable-to-Perform (Non Football Injury)" list for the 2005 season. Winslow also fought off a six-week staph infectionthat resulted from his knee injury.
While Winslow was contractually obligated by the NFL's standard player contract not to "engage in … any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury" [cite web |url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2051653 |title=ESPN - Sources: Player's contract forbids riding a motorcycle |accessdate=2008-03-05 |author=Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press |date=May 4, 2005, 4:28 PM ET |work= |publisher=ESPN.com] , and specifically not to ride a motorcycle under his contract with the Browns, he nevertheless purchased the powerful sport bike. Lt. Judy Neel of the
Ohio State Highway Patrolreported that Winslow obtained a motorcycle learner's permit April 26, after initially failing a written exam administered in the Garfield Heights district of Cleveland. Initially, it was speculated that the Browns would seek to recoup a pro-rated share of the $6 million signing bonus Winslow received in 2004 and perhaps the entire $4.4 million option bonus he was paid in March 2005, although the Browns later declined to take such action.
Winslow attended the Browns' 2006 training camp and pronounced himself ready to play. The
Associated Pressreported in August 2006 that Winslow said that, even at 90 percent, he was superior to every other NFL tight end. "I hate to be brash", Winslow said. "But I think my 90 percent is still better than every tight end out there."
In the opening game of the
2006 NFL seasonagainst the New Orleans Saints, Winslow recorded his first NFL touchdown, scoring on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Frye. Winslow emerged as a reliable target for Cleveland, finishing the year with 89 receptions, the most at his position on the season, which also tied Ozzie Newsome's all-time franchise record for receptions in a season [ [http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/article.php?id=6365 Cleveland Browns | Winslow ties team record ] ] .
Winslow became the cause of controversy in 2006. During a nationally-televised
NFL Networkgame against the Pittsburgh Steelerson December 7, 2006, Winslow hit Steelers linebacker James Farriorfrom behind after a play, drawing criticism from outspoken former Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter, who called Winslow a "fag" twice during a post-game interview.
microfracture surgeryon his right knee January 31, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinicin an attempt to further repair cartilage damage sustained in the motorcycle accident in 2005.
On December 18, Winslow was named as a first alternate for the
2008 Pro Bowlcite web|author=Jackson, Zac|date=2007-12-18|title=Edwards, Cribbs headed to Hawaii|url=http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/article.php?id=7991|publisher=clevelandbrowns.com|accessdate=2007-12-19] On February 4, Antonio Gatesof the San Diego Chargersannounced he would not be attending the Pro Bowl due to injury. This paved the way for Winslow to make his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
He finished the season with 82 receptions for 1106 yards and five touchdowns.
During the 2008 campaign, Winslow was hospitalized for three days for an unknown illness.
Regular season statistics
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