Jabrill Peppers Thinks Browns Fans Are Hard On Him Because He Went To Michigan

first_imgJabrill Peppers playing for Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits for a second half punt while playing the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Cleveland Browns have a history of recent first-round whiffs. Jabrill Peppers isn’t quite there yet, but the start of his career hasn’t been everything that fans hoped from the former do-it-all Michigan star.Peppers is currently splitting time at safety. At Michigan, he was a dynamic athlete that was extremely dangerous in the return game, but he’s had miscues there with the Browns.Jabrill Peppers has apparently had some negative run-ins with Browns fans, and thinks the fact that he’s a Michigan alumnus doesn’t help.He spoke to the media about his struggles ingratiating himself with the Browns fan base, and thinks the heavy crossover with Ohio State fans is a possible reason.#Browns Jabrill Peppers believes being from Michigan makes fans here harder on him pic.twitter.com/SFKNBPVKOW— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 4, 2018Via ESPN:“Some people already feel a way about me because of my college choice,” he said. “I’ve just got to play better and make the plays on the field to get them to like me. That’s how it is in the NFL.”Peppers says that he’s encountered “hostility” from Browns fans when he’s gone out in Cleveland, and that he doesn’t leave his home alone anymore as a result.On Thursday, he caught additional heat for calling Browns fans “wishy-washy,” and saying there is a culture of calling for people’s jobs the moment that things start going poorly, which, to be fair, has more or less been the case over the last decade or so, until Hugh Jackson unexpectedly survived a win-less 2017 season.He later walked it back and said that he loves Browns fans.“I love the Cleveland Browns; I love the city of Cleveland,” Peppers said. “I love how passionate the fans are. Part of what I get is my fault. I’m not playing up to my potential and they see that as well so you can’t fault people for feeling how they feel. You just go to take it with a grain of salt and do what you got to do to get better.”Peppers has just 15 tackles through four games, and is on the field for fewer than half of the Browns’ defensive plays. The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry probably isn’t a total non-factor, but Buckeye/Browns fans seem to have gotten over Baker Mayfield’s open trolling of their school last year, now that he’s impressing at quarterback. If Peppers plays well, he’ll win the fans over, even if he has that maize-and-blue past.[ESPN]last_img

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