MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: David Njoku #86 of the Miami Hurricanes catches the ball during first quarter actin against the Florida Atlantic Owls on September 10, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns gathered their rookies for their first official camp with the franchise since the NFL Draft. After a day of getting geared up and getting their first taste of working with the Browns, the team treated the rookies to dinner with special guests Jim Brown and current Browns lineman Joe Thomas. Thomas may not be the most recognizable face to most of the new Browns players just yet.

Thomas took to Twitter to share some of his quick thoughts from the rookie dinner, sharing his appreciation for getting a chance to listen to the legendary Jim Brown. Thomas also called out a faux pas of one of the newest Browns players, tight end David Njoku. WWhen meeting the long-time Browns lineman, Njoku thought Thomas may have been a coach on the team.

Thomas has been around the league and the team for some time, so it’s possible he has had a similar experience in the past. Regardless, poking some fun at a rookie on Twitter is a bit of a good-humored public shaming to keep the new tight end in line moving forward. And Njoku seemed to laugh it off at his expense on Twitter as well, and we’re sure the two had a good laugh in the moment as well.

Njoku shouldn’t feel too bad. Unless you are a quarterback or running back or wide receiver, the chances you would be recognized in the public may be significantly reduced if you play almost any other position in the NFL. This could be especially true of linemen who play an underappreciated position that often goes without the recognition some players deserve.

Let this be a lesson to all incoming NFL players that it is best to know the faces of your future team captains and leaders on the field as early as possible. Otherwise, you risk being publicly shamed on Twitter, and there is no coming back from that.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.