Welcome to the very first edition of Cooksey's world, a feature in which I will blog about just anything and everything on my mind in the world of sports. Today I want to use my very first installment of this feature to focus around someone who is very near and dear to the hearts of the people of Cleveland, particularly the football fans. That person is Bernie Kosar.
Though I am only 29 years old I am one of every football fan who lived, breathed, and died with Cleveland Browns football. I was a freshmen in high school when Art Modell decided to rip football away from the city, thus stealing our heart, soul, pride, and joy away from us. Although I had thought I was through with the Browns when they made the decision to get ride of Bernie and started rooting for the Dallas Cowboys (who I now despise) I still felt bare from not having a home team to root for.
While all the nation scoffed and laughed at us, and used Modell's move as new ammunition for Cleveland jokes, Bernie was the one who stood up for us and took the stand of knowing how we felt, he shared our tears along with us.
I guess it could be said that Bernie was one of us, he was one of those players that had a special connection with the fans and media in this town, and he never forgot it ether unlike some other athletes in this city like Albert Belle, Jim Thome, and Manny Ramirez who like Bernie had that seemingly special connection only to leave us eating dirt in the end. Not Bernie though.
So I guess it was only natural this past Saturday night when like 13,000 filed Quicken Loans arena to see our brand new AFL team the Gladiators (who he owns) make the playoffs that we felt happy for him. Here a total Icon in this city who for the most part we our in love with and share passions with getting to revel in each others success. In a way the playoff clinching victory over the Columbus Destroyers was a resemblance to the excitement we felt when Bernie Kosar was putting on the pads and playing for the Cleveland Browns.
Mr. Kosar if you by any chance at all are reading this I would like to say thank you for what you mean to this city. Many athletes have done us wrong in this city, however you along with Bob Feller have never been shy about your beliefs, passions and pride in our city. We are proud of you and thank you!