The Cleveland Browns' backfield is taking on a Baltimore flavor after the team signed former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small on Sunday, according to a league source.
The Browns already have former Towson University running back Terrance West on the active roster after drafting him in the third round.
Small had a long journey to the NFL. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.
He then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American who lined up at fullback and linebacker.
Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker.
Small, 5 feet 8, 245 pounds, rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last season after being granted a medical redshirt for missing all but one game of the 2012 season with a broken foot that required surgery.