When the Cleveland Browns selected University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar in the 1985 supplemental draft, they, along with the rest of the Dawg Pound, were hoping that he could lead the Browns to a Super Bowl title. Unfortunately, repeating the 1964 Browns championship didn't happen. But, given how much he means to the community, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and team CEO Len Komoroski have invited Kosar to the team's NBA championship parade on Wednesday in downtown Cleveland, per ESPN's Mark Schwarz.
In nine seasons with the Browns, Kosar led the team to three AFC Championship games. Ultimately, they fell short in all three games to the Denver Broncos. He finished with a 58.8 completion percentage while throwing for 21,914 yards, 124 touchdowns, and 87 interceptions while starting 105 of 108 games. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound gunslinger had a 53-51-1 record while with the Browns. Kosar has stayed in Cleveland and worked with the Browns, among other areas as well, including radio and television spots in his post-playing career.
A native of Boardman, Ohio, the 52-year-old will finally be able to participate in a championship parade, even though it will not be the the Browns. Still, Kosar was excited for the team and city as he expressed on Twitter Sunday night.
With the stress and turmoil of so many years hoping for a champion, downtown Cleveland is expected to be packed Wednesday. Almost 10,000 fans greeted the team at the airport when they arrived back in The Land Monday afternoon. The city is expecting anywhere between 800,000 and one million fans downtown for Wednesday's parade.
While many of the cars will be filled with members of the Cavs organization, it looks as though Kosar - among other Cleveland greats such as Jim Brown - will also be taking part in the championship parade as well. Wednesday truly will be a city-wide celebration, no matter what team a player was on.