Bernie Kosar to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

CLEVELAND - Legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this month’s 14th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced Thursday. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a sports figure who has made a lasting impact on the Cleveland community.

“I am humbled and honored to be given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Kosar. “I want to thank the Cleveland community for their unwavering support. Cleveland is a special place made up of special people and it will always be home.”

Kosar, a native of Youngstown, became a Cleveland icon almost as soon as he was drafted by the Browns in 1985. Taking over the starting position midway through his rookie season, Kosar quickly cemented himself as one of the National Football League’s top signal-callers.

Kosar led the Browns to the AFC Championship three times during his career and was named to the 1987 Pro Bowl.  He also set the NFL record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception (308).

Since retiring, Kosar has maintained an active presence in the Cleveland community. Along with serving as the color commentator for Brown’s pre-season games, Kosar hosted a charity golf tournament for many years. Kosar also played a major role in bringing an Arena Football League franchise to Cleveland.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards honors the best of Cleveland sports and features top sports personalities and athletes, an outstanding memorabilia and experience auction and an exciting dinner and awards show. The event will be held on January 23 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom.

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