Rubin was a late pick in the 2008 NFL Draft (6th round, 190th overall). That turned out to be a disastrous draft for the Cleveland Browns, but Rubin was the lone bright star, and the only reason we wouldn’t get an “F” ranking for that draft class. Rubin’s rookie season was very uneventful: seven tackles in eleven games in very limited duty. The beastly Shaun Rogers was the primary nose tackle for the Browns during Rubin’s early years in Cleveland, so Rubin didn’t see much action until the end of the 2009 season. Rogers went down with a season ending injury, which propelled Rubin into the starter’s role. The rest was history; Rogers was not re-signed by Cleveland after that season and Rubin remained the starter at nose tackle until he left us last week.
Now it’s time to bid farewell to Ahtyba Rubin. He had a great run in Cleveland and will bring his reliable defensive ways to the Seattle Seahawks. He’s a player that’s certainly paid his dues in the NFL and I hope he gets to see some playoff action soon. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West better be well-rested before we play Seattle this upcoming season—Rubin is gonna be a tough guy to overcome.