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When it comes to Cleveland sports—especially regarding the Browns—good things usually wear out their welcome quickly. Case in point? LeCharles Bentley. The top-rated free agent going into the 2006 off-season, the then-26-year-old Cleveland native surprised many analysts by signing with the Browns, stating at his introductory press conference that he could "die happy now," getting to play for his favorite team growing up. He even wore a Browns jersey underneath the sport jacket he wore to the conference. Everything was unicorns and rainbows.
But the storyline that read like a feel-good movie plot ended up being too good to be true. Bentley tore his patellar tendon on the first day of training camp and would eventually need four surgeries. He never played another game in the NFL, retiring in 2009 after multiple failed attempts to return to the game. He later sued the Browns, claiming that a staph infection he developed during his rehab at a Browns training facility hindered his patella from ever recovering. Yikes.
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