Cleveland Browns' quarterback, Brandon Weeden, was one of a number of PGA and celebrities participating in the annual Verplank Foundation Invitational, which raises money to fund scholarships.
Weeden was the 22nd-overall pick in the 2012 draft, played in 15 games last season and finished with the Browns' rookie record for yards passing (3,385). In his first season, he helped Cleveland upset the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 2012, he led Oklahoma State to a 41-38 victory over Andrew Luck and Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Before teeing off, Weeden took a minute to talk about his first year, baseball and what he's looking forward to.
Q: You're here at this celebrity golf tournament, and you've played baseball, you've played football. you're just kind of an all-around athlete. How do you expect yourself to perform today?
A: I've played enough golf where I should be able to play well. If I don't, I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well, so whenever I'm having to hit the ball well, you know, there's a lot of pressure there. But I'm excited, I feel like it'll be fun to get out and be with some of the PGA guys.
Can you talk about having the rookie record and what your goals are for yourself next season?
I played well at times last year, but I didn't play well enough consistently throughout the entire year, so I feel like I need to get better to make our team better. Find a way, whatever I can do to make our team better. Being in my second year, I know what to kind of expect. First year was tough, because I was kind of winging it each week. Just, I didn't really know what to expect as far who we were playing: I'd never played against these defenses and these coaches, so I'm excited about year two.
Two of the wins you guys got last season, the first one was against Cincinnati, and then you guys got another win, 20-14, against the Steelers. What was it like for you winning against those two teams?
They're great teams, and they're in our division, and the divisional games are the ones you need to win. Pittsburgh is similar to Bedlam around here, it's probably even a step higher, but it's a very big rivalry. If you can beat Pittsburgh, Cleveland fans will be happy for at least six or seven days. … That was one of my favorite and probably one of the biggest wins we had last year.
You got a concussion in that Pittsburgh game, so it was probably a little bittersweet in that sense. Can you talk a little bit about that and how you recovered?
The last five minutes were a little foggy; I wasn't able to sit out there and celebrate. But we played well enough, our defense forced a lot of turnovers, we were able to get things going offensively enough to score enough points. So yeah, it was bittersweet from the fact I couldn't enjoy it with my teammates, but at the same time, when you're in the NFL it's all about winning games.
You've probably heard this a lot: 28 years old going into the NFL, the oldest NFL rookie, do you feel like you were treated differently because you were older than a lot of the guys in the locker room?