You know you've got a good player on your hands when Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has this to say about you:
"He is a spiritual force. What he does is so pure, it's running the ball, then going down to make a tackle. It's playing the game with the right attitude, giving himself all the way."
Yes, he's talking about do-everything receiver/runningback/wildcat/return man Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns.
The Kansas City Chiefs will have their hands full with Cribbs who enters Sunday's contest coming off arguably his best game of the season. Listed as a receiver, Cribbs lined up in the wildcat formation on multiple occasions rushing the ball eight times for 87 yards.
Oh, and he also won the special teams player of the week as well via a 55 yard punt return, among other accomplishments, last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley is well aware of what Cribbs brings to the table. Watching tape of the Browns confirmed a few things about Cribbs.
"I think this Joshua Cribbs is one of the better returners, runners, wildcat guys in the league," Haley said. "He can throw it, he can run it; he breaks more tackles than anybody in the league. You see that on tape."
The Chiefs defenders haven't been the surest of tacklers at times so keep an eye on that tackles broken stat.
"I think he’s a strong runner," Haley explained. "He uses the stiff arm very well which is an underrated weapon. It’s one we work real hard on and it’s a natural weapon. I think he just has very good balance, is a strong runner and keeps the ball in the proper hand which frees up that inside arm to help shed tackles."
Cribbs has some extra motivation this season as well. He's been grossly underpaid despite signing a long-term contract not too long ago. Prior to the switch to the Eric Mangini regime, Cribbs claims he was promised a new contract.
And he still hasn't gotten it.
So, his motivation includes a few (few?) million dollars.