Sept Magazine Preview: Tim Couch, Part 3

The Browns released the former UK star in 2004 and he signed with Green Bay only to have a rotator cuff injury cost him any chance to make the team.

The Browns released the former UK star in 2004 and he signed with Green Bay only to have a rotator cuff injury cost him any chance to make the team. After having shoulder surgery, Brown tried out with Chicago and Cincinnati in 2005 before participating in tryouts with Tennessee, Miami, Pittsburgh and Houston in 2006. Couch ended up missing the 2006 season with another shoulder surgery and then was released by Jacksonville in his final tryout in 2007.

"I did miss not playing and being away from the game, especially at the time of year when training camps started. But now I don't miss it at all. I have two kids now and enjoy time with them. I play a lot of golf and do things I couldn't do growing up," Couch, who has a 3-year-old son and a son born in the spring. "It really changes your life when you have children. I am blessed to have two good boys, but it changes how I look at things."

Perhaps some should change how they look at Couch's NFL career, too. He completed 59.8 percent of his passes and threw for 64 touchdowns and 11,131 yards with a career quarterback rating of 75.1. He completed 36 passes against Tennessee in 2002 and set several rookie single-season records for the Browns.

Yeast, a former NFL player, has always defended his former quarterback and friend. He still does today.

"You go to an expansion team and you get behind that offensive line that was not very good and line up with guys they do not run not good and you try to throw to guys that are not as good and the result is you set sacked 40, 50 or 60 times because there's no help around you," Yeast said. "Had he been drafted by someone like Minnesota where Daunte Culpepper went with Randy Moss, Cris Carter and Robert Smith, then he would have been talked about as one of the best quarterbacks ever to play.

Look at the situation he was put in. It was tough on him, but he never complained. But if you get sacked that much, eventually your body will fall apart. That's a lot of pounding. It's football at its highest level and these guys are trying to put their biggest lick on the quarterback. Tim took some viscous hits. I don't know how he did what he did."


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