And there were days Wallace took some of those blows.
Consider that Wallace, who has averaged eight touchdowns per season in his career, hasnt scored a touchdown against Cleveland since 2010.
Consider that his worst game of 2012, in which he caught one pass for 5 yards, was against Cleveland.
Consider that his worst game of 2011, in which he caught one pass for 11 yards, was against Cleveland.
Is Wallace worried about that recent history? Is he questioning his ability to play well in this game?
Im not thinking about those games, he said, smiling. You have to forget it. If youre going into a game thinking about the past, youre losing. You want to go into a game focused on that game.
You cant make up for the past. You have to do your best this time. I dont worry about that. Its a different circumstance every single time. You have to be excited about this time we play them.
Wallace is excited because Haden, a former first-round pick who likely will shadow him everywhere he goes, is a quality cornerback. Hes excited because Browns fans remember him from his Pittsburgh days and probably will pick on him just as they did when he was on the Steelers.
I dont think theyve ever thrown anything at me, but they do everything but throw things at me, Wallace said. They use every word under the sun thats not good. Anything they can do to degrade you, they do it.
When Im in the game, I dont hear them. But when Im on the sideline or stretching before the game, like when were in the end zone thats when you hear it. But when Im in the game, I dont pay attention to it. When Im playing, everything kind of goes silent for me. I dont hear anything. So I love it. Honestly, they have great fans.
As for Haden, his nemesis, Wallace seems eager for the meeting. He wants to have a big day in his Dolphins debut.
Hes an upper-echelon corner that lets you know if youre ready or not, Wallace said. I think Im ready. Well see on Sunday.