BEREA,Ohio--There's no question that rookie wide receiver Rashard Higgins has one of the best nicknames--if not the best on the Browns roster.
The Browns hope that 'Hollywood' can live up to his flashy nickname.
Higgins was one of the most productive receivers in college football in 2014 with receptions totalling 1,750 receiving yards, including 17 touchdowns. Overall, in his career, Higgins caught 239 passes for 3,649 yards and 31 touchdowns, which were career records at Colorado State.
His production in 2014 led the nation and set single-season school records. He was an All-America selection in 2014, as well as First Team All-Mountain West honoree in 2014 and 2015.
Higgins says he brings energy and a winning attitude to the Browns.
"I'm bringing energy, I'm bringing a willingness to win," Higgins said at minicamp. "I just want to win. I won a championship in high school, and just getting a championship and bringing it to Cleveland is my main goal."
Higgins is excited about his opportunity with the Browns.
"It’s been great," he said. "I couldn’t be at a better team. I’m ready to win. That’s a great group of guys in the locker room, and I can’t wait until we all get together.”
Higgins (6-1, 198) was one of four wide receivers the Browns drafted in May. Higgins was drafted with the Browns third pick in the fifth-round (172nd overall). In addition to Higgins, the Browns used their first round pick on wide receiver Corey Coleman and also selected Ricardo Louis (4th round) and Jordan Payton (5th round).
Higgins was asked how he got his nickname of 'Hollywood'.
“It came from when I played pee-wee football, just growing up," he said. "This coach, his name was Coach Chris. I remember I played defense and I drilled a kid, and just after that game, he was like, ‘I’m going to call you Hollywood.’ For some reason, that name just stuck around and now people call me ‘Wood’ for short, or if they don’t know me, they just call me Hollywood.
"I’ve got a lot to live up for," he said. "I know this is a dream come true. Who would have thought I would have come to the Browns? I don’t know, but God put me in this position, and I couldn’t be more excited for it.”