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Bernie Kosar is BACK in the NFL

kosarWhen we last looked in on Bernie Kosar he was trying to defend his house from amorous teenage boys interested in his daughters, battling bankruptcy and divorce and understandably down in the dumps; today he’s BACK as a consultant to Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner. While he doesn’t have any specific duties as yet, the agreement came after Kosar spent several days working in the inner “sanctum” with head coach Eric Mangini.

Kosar previously spent a season as president of the Cleveland Gladiators, an arena league team that lasted a mere one season. He also listed nearly $1.8 million in debt that he owed the Cleveland Browns in his June bankruptcy filings.

“I’ve got a little more time now to do it,” Kosar said of accepting Lerner’s invitation. “I’m getting my personal life in order. I still miss football and the Arena thing whetted my appetite.”

Kosar joins former Browns great Jim Brown as special advisor to the owner. Maybe Lerner should see if Kosar can suit up for the rest of the season, he may be 45-years-old and not have played since 1996 but he’s still probably better than Brady Quinn OR Derek Anderson.



So Bernie Kosar is Doing Fine

kosar-bernie-cvb-1Some might remember Bernie Kosar for his exploits with his hometown Cleveland Browns, or for being unceremoniously dumped by Bill Belichick when he took over the Browns, or you might be like me and remember his guest appearance on an episode of The Drew Carey Show. Regardless of how you recall Kosar, things have not been going great in his world recently.

Due to some a divorce, unfortunate business decisions and foolish investments, Kosar was forced to file for bankruptcy the other day. The man who once threw 308 passes without an interception and once broke his ankle in the first quarter of a game, only to throw 2 touchdowns in the 4th, now is desperate to keep boys away from his young daughters.

He shattered a Kid Rock-autographed guitar the other day while chasing one teenager out of his house because he doesn’t mind all of the other boys within the area code thinking the Kosar girls have an unhinged dad.

“There are a million doors in this place,” he says. “Too many ways to get in.”

Every movement carries pain and suffering, too many hits over the years have left his body battered and broken and needing multiple surgeries. When asked how much of his money he gave to former teammates over the years with being paid back,

Eight figures,” he says.

Friends and family?

“Eight figures,” he says.

Charities, while putting nearly 100 kids through school on scholarships? “Well over eight figures.”

Now, no longer near the world of football, this once great player has been reduced to the realization that he’s a 45 year old man incapable of doing many mundane tasks. He simply never had to. For most of his life everything was taken care of, by his wife, by maids, by assistants, now, he’s on his own, trying to be a dad and trying to live a “normal” life. I for one wish him luck.

[Miami Herald]

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