Former Ravens Pro Bowl receiver Jacoby Jones had the opportunity to announce Baltimore’s first pick of the third round at the NFL Draft in Cleveland on Friday. Naturally, he took the opportunity to taunt the hometown fans.
The 2012 Pro Bowler and Super Bowl 47 champion danced his way onto the stage amid boos from Browns fans. He took their jeers in stride and delivered it back to them beautifully:
“Hey, look, let me tell y’all something: Y’all can boo all you want, but you got to accept it: I got a ring,” Jones said. “I got a ring. I got a ring. It is what it is.”
The Browns haven’t won an NFL title since 1964 — and have never won the Super Bowl.
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After the good-natured ribbing, Jones delivered the pick: Georgia guard Ben Cleveland. The Browns might have wanted the former Bulldog simply for his last name, but the Ravens are hoping he protects quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2021 and beyond.
Jones wasn’t the only celebrity pick announcer to elicit boos from the crowd. Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris drew some ire after waving his facemask like a Terrible Towel shortly before announcing the selection of Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth. Hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. even had a rap ready to go before announcing Pittsburgh’s 87th overall selection, center Kendrick Green of Iowa.
Gotta love how these divisional rivalries last into the NFL Draft — even with a team as traditionally downtrodden as the Browns.