Johnny Manziel missed out on his dream of becoming the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft at the start of this month, and he has admitted that the fall down the board has humbled him as a man.
His new team didn't even select the former Texas A&M quarterback with their first pick of the draft, they waited and used their second chance after trading up from 26th to 22nd on the board.
This left the simple fact that Manziel was passed up by 21 teams. Over half of the NFL's franchises did not want the former Heisman Trophy winner on their roster.
Then add to the fact that even before Manziel got in the Browns' building, head coach Mike Petting announced that he was a back-up behind Bryan Hoyer first, and that he would have to earn the starting job first.
Asked Tuesday what he thought of Pettine's comments and whether or not they were a ploy to keep him humble, Manziel responded.
"I took those comments in my stride. I'm a rookie. I need to earn my place and earn my keep. Nothing needs to be handed to me, and I don't need special treatment because of what I've done in the past," Manziel told the media.
"What I've done doesn't mean anything at this level. So I was completely okay with hearing that. I don't want to come and have anything handed to me that I don't deserve.
"I got passed up 21 times so that says something. Getting passed up 21 times is never fun. Obviously some of those teams were never going to take quarterbacks, but it's even humbling to be the second quarterback off the board.
"I realise where I'm at in this organization, and I know what I need to be doing."
Manziel didn't wait around to be drafted by the Browns, and he even contacted Cleveland's QB coach via text as he fell down the board. He gave his reasoning behind the text when he faced the press Tuesday before the start of the Browns OTA's.
"One of the reasons for the hurry up [texts] was because we heard another team might come up the board, maybe you guys [the Browns] don't know that we thought," he continued.
The Browns are an organization that is certainly not used to winning in the NFL. When asked why he felt such a desire to end up in Cleveland, Manziel declared that it's a great opportunity for him to help turn around the fortunes of the Browns.
"I think it's a great opportunity for me [being in Cleveland]. From coming here on my visit and meeting everyone, people want to win here. You got a sense that they're tired of losing and tired of not having success."