So, let’s start from the beginning and head back to the 2011 season. (Bear with me, I know it wasn’t the best season for the Browns.) We had drama going on with Peyton Hillis, Colt McCoy was struggling, and our coaching staff were making all sorts of blunders. But several bright spots on the team were starting to take shape. One of these up-and-comers was a relatively unheard of running back named Chris Ogbonnaya, freshly acquired midseason from the Houston Texans practice squad. It was a welcomed addition to a running back-shortened Browns squad.
Ogbonnaya began his tenure with the Browns immediately. It was an uneventful game with the Seattle Seahawks with the final score being 6-3 in favor of Cleveland. Sounds more like the Tribe beat the Mariners that day. I recall seeing Ogbonnaya take the field for the first time and I was impressed with his quickness, even if he had only three rushing attempts. That year proved to be his most productive in the NFL, as he rushed for 340 yards (334 of which with the Browns).
With the addition of Trent Richardson in 2012, Ogbonnaya saw his playing time diminished in favor of Montario Hardesty. Still, he was a great asset to have—a reliable plug and play option. 2013 saw Silent G switch to the fullback position, and boy did he look good out there. This guy could run, this guy could block, and he was a great receiver (catching 343 yards that season is pretty impressive for a non-wide receiver or tight end). I was blown away by his offensive versatility.
Unfortunately, Ogbonnaya was beaten out at the fullback position during the 2014 preseason by Ray Agnew III. Running back was also filled up quick which left Chris the odd man out. I was saddened to see him go and I hope an NFL team picks him up. I definitely think he’s still qualified to play in this league. I’ll remember Ogbonnaya as a really hard worker who strived to help the team succeed any way he could. He was a very unselfish player and I absolutely looooved that about him.