In his rookie season, Jennings rushed for 220 yards on 63 carries, including a 73-yard performance on the ground in a 13-6 win over the Steelers on Thursday Night Football, in which he also scored a touchdown.
That was the first of four straight wins to end an otherwise forgettable season on a high note for the Browns, and it may have helped Jennings’ coach, Eric Mangini, keep his job.
“Mangini is a tough one, but you’ve gotta love him at the end of the day,” Jennings said. “At the end of the season, we were practicing in full pads. What team does that? But we went out there on game day and kicked butt.
“At the end of the day, I respect that man,” said Jennings of Mangini. “I like his coaching style. It’s hard-nosed, but it gets the job done.”
As for the four-game winning streak to cap off his rookie year, it left Jennings extremely excited for next season as a Brown.
“I hope that (winning streak) will carry over,” Jennings said. “I know I’m hungry. The guys in the locker room — they’re hungry. This next year should be an exciting year.”
Every time Jennings takes the field and hears the national anthem, he remembers what got him to that point.
“Tears come down every national anthem,” Jennings said. “All the hard work, it was all worth it.
“Coming from Ashland, I love this community. It ain’t the biggest, but it’s got the biggest heart. You never forget home.”