VIDEO: Bernie Kosar Talks Football, Past And Present
May/06/13 09:07 AM Filed in: Bernie Kosar
When it comes to the most beloved athletes in Cleveland's history, the top spot for many fans belongs to Bernie Kosar. The gangly Youngstown, Ohio native won over the hearts of Cleveland sports fans when he announced after his impressive career at the University of Miami that he wanted to play for the Browns, and they've loved him ever sense.
Drafted as the Browns top pick in the 1985 NFL supplemental draft, Kosar took a Cleveland squad that had finished 5-11 the season before to three straight playoff appearances, including back to back heartbreaking losses in the 86' and 87' AFC title games that were infamously won by the Denver Broncos and now associate Kosar with spine tingling terms like "the drive" and "the fumble".
But Kosar had experienced football heartbreak on the big stage even before his time at Cleveland, during the famous "Hail Flutie" game where Boston College's Doug Flutie completed a hail mary on the final play of the game to beat Kosar's Hurricanes 47-45. Kosar threw for 447 yards and two touchdowns, completing 25 of 38 attempts in the loss and says during his entire football career that was the only game he chalked up as a win before the final whistle.
Kosar also says the outlook for the 2013 Cleveland Browns should be a bright one. Kosar believes the offensive philosophies of new head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordiantor Norv Turner are "perfect" for quarterback Brandon Weeden and that the Browns could be dangerous if the young wide receiving corp progresses.
Kosar thinks the defense will be much improved as well with new coordinator Ray Horton and the additions to the defensive front. He says Horton has similar philosophies to Steelers coaching great Dick LeBeau and believes if the Browns defensive front seven plays well it will mean more wins for this years squad.