BEREA, Ohio -- Although new Browns running back Terrance West grew up in Baltimore as a fan of the two-time Super Bowl champion Ravens, he is focused on turning around the culture of a team that has had six straight double-digit losing seasons.
"It's a blessing just to be here," West said. "I'm just taking advantage of the opportunity."
Initially, near the end of the third round, West thought he was going to Baltimore to play for his hometown team. However, the Browns had other ideas.
They traded their fourth and sixth-round picks in the draft to the San Francisco 49ers in order to move back into the third round to select the five-foot-nine, 225-pound West out of Towson University.
"They texted my agent and told me they were going to take me with the 99th pick, but the Browns came up before them, and I'm here now," West recalled of the Ravens. "So, I'm about the Browns now. It really didn't matter. I'm a leader. I'm focused on a goal, and that's football. It really wouldn't matter.
"I can't wait to play my hometown, play them here, play them there. I'm going to look at every game the same. Everyone's going to come out to play. I'm going to come out to play. We've got a goal, and that's to win a championship."
West is looking forward to teaming with fellow running back Ben Tate, whom the Browns signed during the start of free agency back in March.
"We can be powerful," West said. "We're both strong, physical and we get yards. We make plays, big plays, good plays out of bad plays. That's what we do and we've got great vision."
During his three-year career at Towson, West ran for 4,849 yards and 84 touchdowns on 802 attempts. Last fall, he gained 2,509 yards and rushed for 41 touchdowns on 413 carries in leading Towson to the Football Championship Subdivision Championship Game.
In addition to playing his hometown team twice a year and teaming with Tate, West looks forward to shedding the "small school" label, and proving he can score touchdowns on any level.
"Football is football," West said. "Some of the greatest players ever to play the game came from a small school. It's about who wants it the most. "I'm good. I'm ready to go. I haven't taken a break yet.
"That's what you play the game for, to score touchdowns. That's what wins games. When I'm running the ball, I don't worry about anybody else on the field. I'm just looking straight for the goal line, and get across that to help my team put points on the board.
"Whatever the play is, I can make the best of it. I can do it all."