BEREA, Ohio (AP) -Browns rookie quarterback Brady Quinn reached into the back of his locker, pulled out the cardinal-and-gold No. 10 jersey and gritted his teeth.
``This,'' he said, ``is going to hurt.''
Quinn, the former Notre Dame star, then slipped the Southern California jersey over his head and felt his skin crawl.
``That's why I've got extra layers on,'' he said. ``So it doesn't actually touch any part of my body.''
Quinn had to wear USC's colors on Wednesday after losing a bet with former Trojans quarterback Rodney Peete over last week's game between Notre Dame and Southern Cal.
USC trounced Notre Dame 38-0, the Trojans' largest margin of victory in the 79-game history between the bitter rivals.
Quinn and Peete met last year at an awards banquet and have kept in touch since.
``We made a little friendly bet,'' Quinn said. ``We (Notre Dame) didn't pull it out last Saturday, so I'm owning up to it.''
Surely, Quinn got some points in the wager. After all, Notre Dame is 1-7 and USC is 6-1.
``It's a pride bet,'' Quinn said. ``C'mon now. You don't bet points. I got faith in my guys.''
Quinn, who is from Dublin, Ohio, said he was briefly recruited by USC but never considered going there.
``I really had no desire whatsoever,'' he said. ``They recruited me a little bit. I committed earlier in the process.''
When he finished with his interview, Quinn quickly ripped off the jersey and slam dunked it into a nearby garbage can.
A few minutes later, Browns linebacker Willie McGinest, a former USC All-American, confronted Quinn in front of his locker. McGinest wanted to know what Quinn had done with the jersey.
``You acting up?'' McGinest said.
``I didn't make the bet with you,'' Quinn said.

Recent NFL Discussions

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Packers vs. Falcons Pick Will Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Falcons at 3:05PM ET be the shootout that everyone expects?
Thumbnail Steelers vs. Patriots Pick Is the over/under set too high in Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and Patriots at 6:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Updated NFL MVP Odds Heading into Championship Sunday, Matt Ryan is a clear favorite to take home this season's NFL MVP Award.
Thumbnail Championship Sunday Vegas Spreads How do Las Vegas oddsmakers view this weekend's championship games in the NFL?
Thumbnail Updated Super Bowl LI Betting Odds And then there were four. What are the odds of the four remaining teams to win this year's Super Bowl?

NFL Team Pages