Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb can celebrate his first winning season in the NFL.
For the first time since 2007, the Cleveland Browns have won at least nine games. The Browns, even without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., are 9-3 and in a position to possibly win the AFC North Division.
The play of Chubb has been a significant boost in the Browns’ playoff hopes. That should be no surprise to anyone who watched him in high school, where his performance on the field and on the track set him up for greatness.
Nick Chubb is one of the NFL’s top running backs
A second-round pick in 2018, Nick Chubb has quickly grown into one of the NFL’s top young running backs.
Chubb ran for 996 yards and eight touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry as a rookie. The Cleveland Browns drafted Chubb one round after selecting quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.
Chubb also turned 20 catches into 149 yards and two touchdowns that year.
Chubb earned Pro Bowl honors last year when he rushed for 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns on an even five yards per carry. This year has been more of the same when Chubb has been healthy.
Through his first eight games, Chubb totaled 799 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. After missing four games earlier this season with an MCL sprain, Chubb is on pace to end this season with 1,193 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Chubb’s high school stats were insane
Long before he starred at the University of Georgia or on the Cleveland Browns, Nick Chubb dominated as a two-sport athlete in high school.
As he is now, Chubb played running back at Cedartown High in Georgia. Chubb had a Georgia-high 2,721 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior in 2012.
Already committed to UGA before his senior season began in 2013, Chubb ran for 2,690 yards and 41 touchdowns in his last year of high school.
Chubb ended his high school career with 6,983 rushing yards and 102 rushing touchdowns.
His skills weren’t limited to the gridiron. Chubb excelled as a track & field athlete, even winning the state title in the shot put in 2014.
Nick Chubb and the Cleveland Browns aren’t done yet
Cleveland Browns fans aren’t used to seeing their team in the playoff picture come December.
However, Nick Chubb and the Browns are 9-3 and ready to close the season strong. With Pittsburgh losing to the Washington Football Team in Week 13, the Browns are only two games behind the 11-1 Steelers.
Cleveland and Pittsburgh end the season against one another on January 3. That game could not only decide who wins the AFC North Division, but which team is the No. 2 seed — or, depending on how Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs close this season, even the No. 1 seed — in the playoffs.
Chubb will need to go from great to dominant when he plays in the season’s final month. He has only averaged 4.82 yards per carry in 11 games in December, compared to averaging over five yards per attempt in every other month.