BERA -- Only the Cleveland Browns can make a folk hero out of their long snapper.
And the Browns did it by releasing him.
Back in 2003, Ryan Pontbriand cackled long and loud the day he was drafted by the Browns in the fifth round. He sounded as shocked to be taken by Butch Davis as fans and media were to hear of his selection. Long snappers are found, not drafted, but Davis and then-snapper Ryan Kuehl -- then the best in the league -- didnt see eye to eye so Davis let Kuehl go and Pontbriand drafted.
Pontbriand eventually became the best, and justified the draft choice by being as dependable as any player on the team -- to the point that he went to two Pro Bowls.
Until this season.
For whatever reason, Pontbriand lost it, and when he dribbled a snap in Sundays loss to Cincinnati on what could have been a go-ahead 55-yard field goal, the Browns had enough. Two weeks earlier against St. Louis, Pontbriands bad snap had hit Alex Macks foot, which resulted in another potential go-ah...