Winslow takes pride in win over the Browns, his former team
Kellen Winslow referred to his first meeting with his former team as just another game. But really, even before the kickoff, it was obvious it was much more.
Winslow, as he was introduced among the Bucs starters, was the final player out of the tunnel. He emerged waving a giant Bucs flag which he proceeded to wave boisterously right in front of the Cleveland bench and in front of the Browns fans seated nearby, who took great delight in booing him loudly.
But the Bucs won 17-14, and Winslow got the last laugh. And it felt good.
"I had good years there," he said of his time in Cleveland. "We didn't win very much over there. When I got traded, it felt very personal. I'm in a better situation now with a coach like Raheem Morris. When you get traded, cut or released, it is personal. I felt that wasn't the situation I should be in. He came in and he wanted his guys. That's all it is. I’ve moved on."
Winslow noticed how different the team is since his departure (he was traded to the Bucs in March 2009 entering Eric Mangini's first season).
Asked how many former teammates are still with the club, he said, "I can name them. There’s Josh Cribbs, Shaun Rogers, Eric Wright, Phil Dawson, and the snapper, Ryan Pontbriand. So, there’s five.
"That’s what happens when you don’t win," he added. "They just bring in their own guys and go in what direction they want to head in. So, I wasn't part of that plan. . . I have nothing against the players. This is our job. So, when you get traded or demoted or anything like that, it’s personal. So, you want to get some revenge and you want to play as well as you can. But (waving the flag) was all in fun."
Winslow finished with four receptions for 32 yards, among them his 300th catch. But he's looking for far greater achievements after playing very, very sparingly in the preseason.
"It’s good to be back and see some live action," Winslow said. "But I have some ways to go. I didn’t play well today personally. I could have done a lot better."