Cleveland Browns’ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Looks to ‘Linking Body, Mind, and Spirit’

Berea – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is spending this week trying to help bring football to parts of Africa, as part of the inaugural NFL Africa: The Touchdown program.

There is more to the week-long journey, which began on Tuesday in Ghana, for the Browns’ second-year linebacker than simply giving to others. In many ways, this is part of a larger plan for Owusu-Koramoah to find something deeper within himself that can benefit him when he returns to the field for training camp.

“It’s just a case of perfection,” Owusu-Kuramoah said during the small camp last week. “A holistic being or a holistic footballer. Just being able to connect body, mind and spirit and make sure there is balance. That really is the inspiration. Nothing more, nothing less.”

This is not the first trip that Owusu-Kuramoah, whose family is of Ghanaian descent, has taken to Africa this year. He set up a youth camp in Ghana in the spring.

In the second round of Notre Dame, Osu-Kuramoah has also traveled to Israel since the junior season ended in January. Those trips were a way to connect with others.

The Browns’ second-year quarterback, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, is looking to improve with mind, body and spirit in the off season. [Gail Burton/Associated Press]

What he has learned through those previous trips, and hopes to learn during this current trip, is something he believes can also help him connect with others within his locker room. It’s not about pushing an idealistic mindset or idea into others, but being open to using one’s curiosity to allow connection.

“It’s a way of understanding that off the court when you have certain guys like Anthony Walker, and some guys who — Jacob Phillips — actually yearn to have that overarching perspective, and then you have the opportunity,” said Osoo Kuramoah. “You don’t necessarily want to say, ‘Hey guys, the mind-body soul connection. “No, you don’t want to use that approach. But if men are searching, if men have questions, you push forward the knowledge and what you know.”

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That knowledge, along with the additional knowledge Owusu-Koramoah gained during his junior season with the Browns, is what he hopes will unlock more potential than has already been offered. He played in 14 matches, starting with 10, with 76 tackles – 49 singles – 1.5 sacks and two compulsory touchdowns.

That was even with a choppy rookie season that got off to a late start to training camp due to COVID and included time lost due to a high ankle sprain. Part of his preparation for this season includes a holistic approach which he believes is not just about the mindset or the mindset.

In his second season, Browns midfielder Jeremiah Osu-Kuramoah, 28, is poised to take the next steps.

In his second season, Browns midfielder Jeremiah Osu-Kuramoah, 28, is poised to take the next steps.

“Like I said, it’s about the body, the mind, and the connection with the soul,” he said. “And you know, once that’s aligned, once that’s balanced, the durability comes in.”

This was the case with Browns’ voluntary program that began in April and ended a week and a half ago. Owusu-Koramoah has been an active participant throughout that entire process, as well as the mandatory mini-camp that ran last week.

This entire program showed the strides he had already made with his approach.

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“I think he’s had a good season,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He works as hard as he does. Like any sophomore, we hope there’s a step that just comes from a greater understanding of what we’re doing schematically, greater use of technology and those kinds of things. He’s working hard.”

With this greater understanding also comes a much greater responsibility for Osu-Kuramoah. Not just because of the sophomore midfielder.

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jeremiah Oso Kuramoah (28) tries to face Arizona Cardinals quarterback Keeler Murray (1) during the second half of an NFL football game at First Energy Stadium, Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jeremiah Oso Kuramoah (28) tries to face Arizona Cardinals quarterback Keeler Murray (1) during the second half of an NFL football game at First Energy Stadium, Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

Across Brown’s defense, the faces are more familiar than they were at this point a year ago. At the time, it wasn’t just newbies like Osoo Kuramoah or first-round pick Greg Newsom II, but also veteran newcomers like Anthony Walker Jr., Jadivion Clooney, Tak McKinley, Malik McDowell and Malik Jackson.

This year, the rookies are now sophomores, and Walker and Clooney are back. This raised everyone’s level in terms of what had been accomplished in the past two months.

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Defensive coordinator Joe Woods said during the OTA games: “At this point, I feel we can do more so I’ve installed more defense this season.” “I’ve told the guys about that. We’ll put more on their page. We’ll see what they can handle once we get through mandatory mini-camp and there will be some extra things that if they can deal with it I’ll add during training camp.”

Owusu-Koramoah recoils from the belief that he or any other apprentice could not have handled a greater burden. However, the perspective he gained last year has certainly allowed him to raise his starting point this season.

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell (58) celebrates his dismissal from Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert with outside quarterback Jeremiah Osu Kuramoah during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Englewood, California (AP) PHOTO/ Kevork Djansisian)

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell (58) celebrates his dismissal from Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert with outside quarterback Jeremiah Osu Kuramoah during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Englewood, California (AP) PHOTO/ Kevork Djansisian)

“I feel like that’s the thing to say, like, ‘Oh, yeah, we don’t want to throw a lot at the rookie,’ but we in the NFL, they’re paying you to do a job,” said Oso Kuramoah. “It’s about the team and what we throw at you or what we put on you, it’s not stressful at all. And it never is, because it’s your job, it’s what you do. So if you just change your view of it, like I said, it’s probably going to go up this year in terms of roles. And things like that, but I do what I can to give to the team.”

Even as Owusu-Koramoah does what he can now offer to others on a different continent.

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This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal: Browns LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Looking for “A Case of Perfection”

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