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Not because they like him, of course, or even miss him.
Mostly because they still can’t stand him.
“I think the boos will be serious,” the New York Jets wide receiver said Wednesday. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering. I think everybody will be against me, but so what? That’s life.”
Especially for a guy who might be the most hated former Cleveland athlete not named LeBron James.
“And before I take off and forget,” he wrote on his Twitter account, “all you Cleveland browns fans, 17 is coming back and you better bring ya damn popcorn.”
“I’m prepared for this,” he said. “I think I’ve been very professional when dealing with situations in my career. I don’t think it will bother me at all. It may bother you guys more than it bothers me.”
Edwards began his career with the Browns and spent four-plus tumultuous seasons with them before coach Eric Mangini traded him to New York early last season _ a few days after Edwards was accused of punching a friend of James outside a Cleveland nightclub.
“The biggest thing for me is I couldn’t show how excited I was at the time,” Edwards said. “I just thought that it would be unprofessional to do a dance in his office as he’s telling me. … When he told me that, it was just, I couldn’t get out of Berea fast enough.”
And for Browns fans, he couldn’t leave soon enough.
“This is a blue-collar town and he’s a big-time wide receiver,” Browns wideout Joshua Cribbs said. “It got too small for him here in Cleveland and now he’s where he wants to be.”
A first-round pick out of Michigan in 2005, Edwards felt Ohio State fans had it in for him as soon as he joined the Browns. The first question he was asked after being drafted was about being a Wolverine.
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