Former quarterback Bernie Kosar got to live the dream.
The dream of every little boy playing football is to make it into the NFL someday. And Kosar did that, playing for 12 seasons.
That dream becomes even more special when you get to play for your hometown team and the one you rooted for as a kid. And Kosar, who was a big Browns fan while growing up in the Youngstown (Ohio) suburb of Boardman Township, did that as well, spending his first 8½ years (1985-93) with the team.
That dream reaches the pinnacle when, on top of everything else, you become one of the greatest players at your position in franchise history. And Kosar also did that, being ranked either second or third on the Browns career-wise in the four major passing categories.
For all these reasons -- and many more, including the fact he is still one of the most popular players in club history -- Kosar has been selected to serve as one of the honorary captains for the Browns on Sunday in their regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The other captain will be his favorite target, former wide receiver Webster Slaughter.
Kosar starred for first Boardman High School and then the University of Miami (Fla.), helping lead the Hurricanes to the national championship after the 1983 season.
His success -- and those of his teams -- continued when he arrived in Cleveland as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Kosar shared the starting job with veteran Gary Danielson in 1985 as the Browns improved from 5-11 the previous season to go 8-8 and win the AFC Central crown for the first time in five years.
The Browns made the playoffs in each of the next four seasons as well, capturing three more division titles and advancing three times to the AFC Championship Game, a place the franchise had never been before.
Kosar is second all-time on the Browns in passing completions (1,853), yards (21,904) and quarterback rating (81.6) and is third in touchdowns (116).
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Alumni Spotlight is presented by Cuyahoga Community College Alumni & Friends Association -- Staying Connected.