Nick Chubb goes from Na­tional Cham­pi­onships to the NFL

Cedar­town’s run­ning back hits big strides with Cleve­land after fin­ish­ing

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Who would have be­lieved the year that Nick Chubb had?

He went from the na­tional stage after he helped Ge­or­gia beat out Ok­la­homa and made it to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship game against Alabama… and then it didn’t work out from there wrap­ping up his col­lege ca­reer.

But who hon­estly can beat Alabama right now?

Then a few months later, Chubb changed his col­ors from Red and Black to Brown and Or­ange as the Na­tional Foot­ball League came call­ing, and a con­tract was signed for him to play in Cleve­land.

Hon­estly, the ini­tial re­ac­tion at the of­fice was “why there?”

After watch­ing how Chubb has de­vel­oped on the Browns be­hind Heis­man Tro­phy win­ning quar­ter­back Baker May­field, it’s no sur­prise why Cleve­land wanted his tal­ents. Chubb com­pli­mented May­field well in his rookie sea­son as 2018 came to a close, at press time putting up 860 yards and 8 touch­downs on 160 car­ries – along with 16 re­cep­tions from May­field with games still left to play.

Chubb fin­ished up his time at Ge­or­gia with a to­tal of 4,769 of rush­ing for Ge­or­gia off 758 at­tempts and 44 touch­downs, plus an­other 361 yards as a re­ceiver and four pass­ing touch­downs with the Bull­dogs be­fore his ca­reer wrapped up against Alabama early on in the year in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onhship game.

Ge­or­gia’s star run­ning back went 35th in the NFL draft as the Browns picked him to start the se­cond round. He came back to Cedar­town to train dur­ing the spring months ahead of the draft with his for­mer Bull­dogs in Cedar­town High’s work­out room for the foot­ball team in get­ting ready for the com­bine and then later his se­lec­tion.

After he signed on the dot­ted line, Chubb re­turned home over the sum­mer for a spe­cial cer­e­mony. He was given the honor to present Tony Mathis with the first ever award from the high school bear­ing his name, plus handed off signed jer­seys for the school and city of­fi­cials.

His big­gest con­tri­bu­tion back to the school how­ever came in the form of player safety. Chubb pro­vided brand new hel­mets for the en­tire team, un­veiled dur­ing the cer­e­mony in a part­ner­ship with Xenith to give his fel­low Bull­dogs bet­ter pro­tec­tion on the grid­iron.

The 22-year-old al­ready made his mark on the Browns’ team his­tory book by beat­ing the long­est run back record this sea­son for a touch­down, and has been up for Rookie of the Week sta­tus sev­eral times over the sea­son.

Cleve­land stood at 6-7-1 go­ing into Week 16 against the Ben­gals this past week­end, with hopes they might get into the play­off mix as a wild­card after a win over Ari­zona the pre­vi­ous week.

As the year wraps up, Chubb can smile and know that no mat­ter what hap­pens now, he’s a bona fide hero for­ever back home.

/ AP-David Richard

Cleve­land Browns run­ning back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball dur­ing an NFL game against the Carolina Pan­thers in Cleve­land last Sun­day. Cleve­land won 26-20.

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