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December 24, 2009
Frye gearing up for Cleveland homecoming

Charlie Frye says he's ready for his Cleveland homecoming after suffering a concussion Sunday in Denver when former Browns teammate Andra Davis hit him and Frye's head bounced off the grass. Frye said that was the first time in his career he had suffered that type of concussion, though the symptoms are now gone.

"It's scary just to feel like that," Frye said. "You're really not into what's going on. That's why it was so interesting watching the film the next day of how we won the game. It was pretty cool to see how that unfolded, for me really for the first time."

Frye, who holds the distinction of being the first quarterback in NFL history to be traded the week after starting a season opener, also spoke about what it means to him heading back to Cleveland.

"It's exciting," he said. "It's a different team now. I looked on the roster and there's like 14 guys still there. When the Romeo Crennel (Era) was over, they brought in a lot of new guys with (Eric) Mangini, but it's still home. I live like two hours from there. It will be special. It will be a special game for me. My sister (Elizabeth) is getting married on Saturday, so it's an event-packed weekend."

The Raiders, though, are not expected to land in Cleveland until around 7 p.m. Cleveland time Saturday.

And on his distinction: "There's nothing in the world that can prepare you for something like that because it's so unexpected. To be the first guy in the NFL that that's happened to is pretty unreal but coach (Mike) Holmgren told me when I got to Seattle that it's all about how you respond...this is how the rest of your career is going to go.

"I didn't want to hear that then because I was mad but it was the total truth, because I could have either pouted and said, 'Woe is me,' and felt sorry for myself, and I probably would have been sitting at home right now. But I kept fighting, I learned a lot in Seattle with...that crew, and now I'm here with a great group of guys here."

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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