Many greats hold records in the grand tradition that is Cleveland Browns football. Guys like Otto Graham, Jim Brown and Brodney Pool. “Wait…Brodney Pool?” you ask, and yes, that’s where our story begins.
At Oklahoma University, Pool was a standout safety for the Sooners, playing in every single game when he was in Norman. In his three years at OU, Pool earned two First Team All-Big 12 selections to go along with a spot on the All-American Third-Team following his junior year.
Upon entering the 2005 NFL Draft following his junior campaign, Pool was taken by the Browns in the second round, with the 34th overall pick. For more context on what year that actually was, the team’s annual first-round mistake was flash-in-the-pan wide receiver Braylon Edwards out of Michigan.
In his first season with the team, Pool never actually made a start, but still contributed to the squad by starting in 13 games over the course of the year. During the next season, he was forced to show some versatility after losing out on the starting safety spot to Sean Jones. Pool therefore had to step in and fill a role as a cornerback due to a vast amount of injuries.
He would go on to start every game of the 2007 season and then last two more years as a Brown, before the team allowed him to become a free agent after the 2009 regular season. Pool was never really much of a standout as part of the Browns, but he did set the team record for longest interception return, a 100 yarder in 2007 against the Baltimore Ravens.
After floating around the free agency zen pool (pun intended), Pool found a home with the New York Jets, where he remained for only one season. In that year however, he had more success than he ever did with Cleveland – his team actually made the playoffs, and Pool and started in the AFC Championship loss to the Steelers.
After NYC, Pool attempted to sign in 2012 with the Dallas Cowboys in his home state of good ol’ Texas. Unfortunately, he failed an initial conditioning test, and was cut after a week on America’s team. To this day, Pool remains a free agent. Much like many recently unemployed NFL players, he is sitting on his chair of money, waiting for the next call, and a chance to relive the glory days. Personally I hope he does get another chance to play, and run a pick 100-yards back for a touchdown. Just for old times sake.