CJ McCollum had a chance to change his NFL allegiance.
He could have followed the Eagles bandwagon when he was at Lehigh, and what a time it would have been to have done so. He debuted at Lehigh in 2009. In 2010, Michael Vick delivered once of the most electrifying performances of all time in his marvelous NFL comeback and made the Eagles one of the most fun teams to watch in the league.
Once he got out west to Portland and kicked off his NBA career in the fall of 2013, the Seattle Seahawks, a little ways up north, were rolling en route to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. In the opposite direction, the San Francisco 49ers were constantly in the mix for the title of top team in the NFC.
But instead, McCollum stuck by his Cleveland Browns. A native of Canton, Ohio, McCollum's Browns fervor never faded, and it might have taken a lot for it to stay that way. We're not saying that it's ever an appropriate decision to jump ship on your hometown team, but when it's the Browns and you have reason to connect with a different organization, we would probably forgive that decision. After all, a timeline that starts and ends as follows is a perfect microcosm of a typical Browns fan's viewing experience.
Now, though, he's probably feeling good about his loyalty. New Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski won the 2020 Coach of the Year Award thanks to a tremendous 11-5 season, ending a long playoff drought and years of anguish. And now, a former face of the NFL is rumored to be "seriously interested" in joining the new-look Browns, and McCollum couldn't restrain himself from showing some support.
CJ and LBJ backing the Browns while JJ and OBJ make the magic happen? That sounds like a recipe for success and some more cool J-associated acronyms waiting to happen.