Bernie Kosar surprised at reaction to his radio interview

BEREA, Ohio -- Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said he’s surprised by the strong reaction his interview on a Cleveland radio station Wednesday is eliciting.

Kosar said he was neither inebriated nor medicated as he gave a rambling and, at times, incoherent five-minute interview on WKNR’s The Hooligans show. He became emotional discussing his appearance in NFL Road Tested, a television program spotlighting the Browns on the Travel Channel.

The 49-year-old Kosar said he was in a car in Florida with his 21-year-old daughter as he conducted the interview with host Bruce Hooley.

Audio of the interview is turning up on websites at USA Today, Pro Football Talk and Deadspin.

Kosar does a weekly spot on The Hooligans. At one point in Wednesday’s interview Kosar sounded as if he were sobbing, as he discussed the NFL Road Tested segment in which he’s on the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium during the Nov. 4 game helping honor the family of a 23-year-old solider from Massillon who died in Iraq.

Kosar said he was caught off guard by the question about his appearance and his emotions came flooding back. Road Tested debuted on Tuesday night and he expressed his thoughts using his Twitter account @BernieKosarQB during the show.

“Wow is this emotional,” he wrote. Later he added: “OMG was that Emotional! when we think we have problems?????or aren't happy?????”

In the past, Kosar has spoken about dealing with the effects of concussions he suffered and the pain from post-career surgeries. Kosar said he understands the interview raised concerns with some, but that he feels fine and went to lunch with friends on Thursday.

He plans to attend Sunday’s game, Kosar said. 

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