When I think of the Cleveland Browns and what they meant to me as a child I can think of only two things. Art Modell and Bernie Kosar.
One of the two I would love to strangle, and the other one I would love to thank for the memories. I think you guys know which one is which.
Sitting on my couch with my dad after church every Sunday in the early 90's was amazing. I would throw on my youth small jersey with the number 19 on it reading Kosar along the back.
I mean the city of Cleveland had a song made up to the tune of "Louie Louie" for Bernie.
Bernie Kosar was one of Cleveland's most unsung heroes. The Brown's have not really had much to be proud of since number 19 left the team.
Kosar was born in Youngstown, Ohio which made him a hometown hero.
The Brown's selected Kosar in 1985.
He came to a team that was 5-11 just the season before so having a native of Ohio at the quarterback position made Kosar an immediate fan favorite to all Clevelander's!
Kosar threw a football with the precision of a surgeon.
Kosar, in the 1990 and 1991 season set a league record of 308 consecutive passes without an interception. Making him in my eyes one of the most accurate passers in NFL history.
Coming off that 5-11 record Kosar started in his first season and led the Browns to the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Although they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Miami Dolphins he gathered great experience and had the team and the city rallying behind him.
He had established himself as the Browns starting quarterback, and in his second season he threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 310 completions. Amazing statistics for a second year quarterback.
The Browns ended his second season with a 12-4 record and the top seed in the AFC. Now us Browns fans are just hoping for a .500 or better season.
They eventually lost in the AFC championship to the Denver Broncos and John Elway.
Kosar led the Browns to the AFC Championship game three times in just four years.
Kosar ended his career with 25,218 passing yards and 140 passing TD's. He threw for a passer rating of 81.8 in the regular season.
Bernie Kosar meant much more to the city of Cleveland then just another quarterback. He gave them someone to be proud of and although he will not make it to the Hall of Fame, he will always be in the memories of every true Browns fan!