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Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Whitehurst 15 is sacked by defensive tackle Malcom Brown 90 of the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium on Oct 9 in Cleveland The Patriots defeated the Browns 3313

Is Being a Quarterback for the Browns the Most Dangerous Job in the United States?

Oct. 11, 2016
Should OSHA cite the Browns for injuries to quarterbacks? A joking article on The Kicker web site hits a little too close to home.

With tongue firmly in cheek, The Kicker web site (tag line: For Fans. For Fun.) posted this headline on Oct. 10: “Browns Fined By OSHA for Providing Unsafe Work Environment for QBs.”

Sadly, the numbers aren’t a joke: Four Browns starting quarterbacks – Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Charlie Whitehurst and Cody Kessler – have been hurt this year and the season is a long way from over. A for-real article on Cleveland.com poses the question: “Are Browns QBs at more risk of injury than QBs on other teams?” and takes a look at stats for quarterback sacks, hits, injuries and changes.

Reporter Rob King from The Kicker jokingly claimed, “After Cleveland lost another quarterback due to injury,” the Browns were fined by OSHA “for providing an unsafe work environment for QBs.”

He goes on to point out that in the past 15 or so years, the Cleveland Browns have cycled through more than 20 quarterbacks, apparently making FirstEnergy Stadium a dangerous work environment for those elite athletes.

King “quoted” a Cleveland quarterback (who asked to only be identified by the initials RGIII) as saying: “It’s crazy over here. I had an amazing career ahead of me, until … Okay, I didn’t have much of a career, but at least I could walk before I got here.”

Check out more of the fun on The Kicker.

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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