Cribbs’ fantasy? Hollywood stardom

Josh Cribbs had 74 receiving yards and a touchdown last Sunday against the Chiefs. Fantasy owners might be taking notice of the Browns’ all-purpose threat, but not just because Cribbs has electrifying speed and could potentially fill a void at WR. They might be taking notice because Cribbs is scheduled next week to appear on the new FX fantasy football vehicle, “The League,” a ripe comedy about an eight-person fantasy football league and the way it ruins or improves each player’s life.

The season opener featured Chad Ochocinco and some draft-day hijinks as this middle-class group of fantasy-loving males (and one well-versed but uninvited female) navigates the waters of a true Vegas-style draft. Ochocinco’s performance was funny, but Cribbs believes his could possibly be better. “I haven’t seen my episode yet. I probably will critique myself,” said Cribbs, adding that, in the end, “I pulled it off.”

Cribbs is both nervous and excited to see his episode air next Thursday, Sept. 30. “I’m going to watch it with my wife and my kids,” he said. “I am going to have everybody watch it. I’m going to call so many people! I’m not just going to tweet it.”

Cribbs told me his first priority is to have a good season and to take care of his responsibilities on the field, but that this opportunity was really exciting for him and in many ways a dream come true. Since Cribbs was a communications major at Kent State and had a theater background in school, much of the acting and improvisation came naturally to him. It was still a big challenge, though.

“I was kind of intimidated that I was going to have to be going against these great actors. Their show is really successful, so it was like I had to approach it as though it was a game. You know, prepare and watch film.”

Cribbs told me one of the coolest parts of being on the show was having his own trailer. “I couldn’t get over the fact that I had my own trailer with a TV, a refrigerator and a couch. I’m like, ‘Look at me, I’m in Hollywood.’”

He credits football with giving him an express lane to this dream. “I’m just taking advantage of my opportunities. You know, thinking a little about my life after football, but I don’t want any of my off-the-field things to overshadow my on-the-field play.”

Football, after all, is still Act I.

— Tiffany Shine

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