BEREA - You can come home.
Brian Robiskie grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Chagrin Falls. He then played collegiately at Ohio State. He now will play for the Cleveland Browns. His father, Terry, was an assistant coach under two different head coaches with the Browns and was actually the interim head coach. Brian spent three summers as a ball boy for the Browns at training camp.
"It's unbelievable," he said. "For me to go from ball boy to a Cleveland Brown. I'm overjoyed. Everybody is really excited and to get the call was very exciting."
Robiskie said he was a little surprised the Browns picked him as he hadn't heard a lot from them.
"They were one of the teams that didn't spend a lot of time with me but my Dad said it didn't matter as teams see you," he said. "To be back here in Cleveland is a real blessing. For three summers I was a ball boy."
Robiskie (6-3, 207 pounds) played four years at Ohio State and caught 127 passes for 1866 yards and 24 touchdowns. He averaged 14.7 yards per catch and had 55 receptions for 936 yards, including 11 touchdowns in 2007.
Terry Robiskie is the receivers coach with the Falcons, but still plans to find a way to see his son play.
"It's like coming home for him," Terry said. "I'll find a way to get back and see him. Braylon Edwards was like a son and I found a way to see him and I'll find a way to see Brian play.
"I'm extremely proud and he's going back to the number one city that I fell in love with and the opportunity that I had there was phenomenal," he said. "I'm extremely thrilled for him to come to Cleveland. He's coming home."
Ironically, Braylon Edwards has been the subject of many trade rumors, but Terry wouldn't comment when asked about that.
"I will reach out to Braylon and tell him to take over and help Brian."
Terry said he has only ever told his son to compete.
"I've told him to go compete and never over estimate or under estimate who you are going up against."
Proud father gave his assessment of his sone.
"I think he's a terrific football player and can do all of the things Braylon Edwards can do," he said. "I think he can raise to that level."