Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will no longer be announcing over the Browns preseason games for WKYC. WKYC’s president and general manager Brooke Spectorsky said in a statement, “The Browns are rebuilding their team, and in reviewing our programming we’ve decided to rebuild as well.”
Bernie Kosar played in Cleveland from 1985-1992 and led our Browns to 3 AFC title games. Kosar had been arrested for drunk driving in last October and that led to assumptions that he was always drunk during broadcasts. However, Kosar claims his slurred speech during broadcast is because of the concussions he suffered during his NFL career. He is being replaced with former Bengal/Viking/Steeler Solomon Wilcots.
Bernie Kosar was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended Boardman High School in Ohio. Kosar won a National Championship at Miami (FL). He was drafted by the Browns in 1985. He held the record for most consecutive passes without an interception (308) for a long time until that record was broken by a pretty good QB named Tom Brady in 2010. He also set a record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (3). The Browns hired coach Bill Belichick in 1991 who benched Kosar in favor of Vinny Testaverde. Kosar ended up being released due to his “diminishing skills”. Kosar said this about doing the preseason games, “Being able to share these preseason games with my fellow Cleveland Browns fans is truly one of the remaining joys in my life.” Kosar also said he still “bleeds brown and orange”.
Bernie Kosar has a career QBR of 81.8. He has thrown for over 23,000 yards and 124 touchdowns. Kosar played in 7 playoff games in a Browns uniform. That’s 6 more playoff games than the Browns have been in during my lifetime. Kosar is one of the most beloved players in Cleveland sports. I wasn’t alive to watch him play, but being raised in a Browns household, I’ve always known how important Bernie is to the Browns and how loved he is by Browns fans.
-Alex Kirby (@CST_AlexK)