No rushing title but Pro Bowl respect for Browns’ Chubb
Normally, a season of nearly 1,500 rushing yards would be a cause for pride. But in a disappointing Cleveland Browns 2019 season, it’s something of an insult added to injury.
Indeed by all measures, Browns running back Nick Chubb’s 1,494 yards is something to sit up and take notice of. In team history, it places him fourth on the Browns’ all-time list of most yards rushing in a season – with the first three marks being held by the immortal Jim Brown. And he did it on a team that clearly underachieved, playing to a 6-10 won-lost record and missing the playoffs after being picked to go as far as a Super Bowl berth in the preseason.
Coming into the final week of the regular season, the second year runner out of Georgia was leading the league by 124 yards over Tennessee’s Derrick Henry. But a misfire in Week 19 against Cincinnati – 41 yards on 13 carries – wasn’t enough to hold off Henry, who rushed for 211 yards against Houston to take the title with 1,540.
Had Chubb’s worst game of 2019 not coincided with Henry’s best, Chubb would have walked away with the title, giving the Browns faithful a modicum of pride in a lost season. He also would have been the first Browns player to win a rushing title since Leroy Kelly in 1968.
But that doesn’t take away from Chubb’s otherwise stellar 2019, which was recognized by voters who elected him to start for the AFC against the NFC in the 2020 Pro Bowl, which airs Sunday, Jan. 26, on ESPN and ABC, from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Full name: Nicholas Jamaal Chubb
Birth date: Dec. 27, 1995
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Height/weight: 5 feet, 11 inches/227 pounds
Teams: Cleveland Browns (2018-present)
Draft: Selected in the second round (35th overall) by the Browns in 2018
Position: Running back
Honors and achievements: Pro Bowl (2019); First-Team All-SEC (2014); Second-Team All-SEC (2017); SEC Freshman of the Year (2014); Belk Bowl MVP (2014);
2019 stats: 298 carries for 1,494 yards (a 5.0 yards-per-carry average) and eight touchdowns; 36 receptions for 278 yards and no TDs