Miles Austin asked Bernie Kosar’s permission to wear No. 19

Miles AustinMiles Austin wore No. 19 during his seven years with the Dallas Cowboys, and no player wears that number with the Cleveland Browns. Austin is free to keep his same number as he begins the next chapter if his career, but he wanted to do it the classy way. That’s why he sought permission from a former Brown to wear No. 19.

The one and only Bernie Kosar wore No. 19 while he played in Cleveland from 1985-1993. Austin felt he should ask Bernie first before coming in and wearing his number as the new guy in town.

Kosar’s best seasons were with the Browns, and he appreciated the classy gesture from the team’s newest receiver.

As Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk reminded us, No. 19 is not retired by the Browns. However, former wide receiver Frisman Jackson wore the number in 2004 and was inexplicably assigned a different number the following season. He is the only player to wear No. 19 in Cleveland since Kosar retired in 1993.

I’m sure the fans will appreciate Austin’s approach until his hamstrings act up.

Bernie Kosar: Concussions cost me my broadcasting job

Bernie Kosar DUI mug shot

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was informed on Thursday that he will no longer be the color analyst for the Browns’ preseason games. Kosar, who has been calling preseason games alongside play-by-play man Jim Donovan since 2006, is being replaced by CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots. Why? Kosar believes he lost his job as a result of concussions from his playing days.

“I believe that this decision stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL,” Kosar said in a statement, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This is very unfortunate, as I believe my football acumen and ability to describe what is happening on the field has been well received by Cleveland Browns fans.”

Some might be inclined to think that Kosar’s dismissal had more to do with the fact that he was overly critical of the St. Louis Rams wide receivers last year or that he was arrested for driving while under the influence last October. Kosar insists it’s the slurred speech.

“I would hope that WKYC would reconsider utilizing my in-game talents and overlook my concussion-induced impairments,” Kosar said.

WKYC president and general manager Brooke Spectorsky told cleveland.com on Thursday that he will not change his mind about Kosar being replaced in the broadcast booth but will encourage him to remain involved with pregame shows and radio spots. In other words, Kosar has been reassigned.

Maybe Kosar is right. It could simply be that he has trouble speaking sometimes and the network wanted to go in another direction. Or, it could be that he has attracted too much negative publicity off the field. I’d go with the concussion symptoms if I were him.

H/T Black Sports Online

Bernie Kosar at DUI stop gave cops credit cards as his ID

Bernie Kosar DUI mug shot

When we posted about Bernie Kosar pleading not guilty to DUI charges on Monday, we noted that he actually looked somewhat sober in his mug shot. Well it turns out he was actually pretty wasted.

Kosar was pulled over for doing 74 mph in a 50-mph zone on Sunday morning. He refused a breathalyzer and was taken in on DUI charges. But during the DUI stop, Kosar seemed to reveal how messed up he was.

Some of the details behind the DUI are phenomenal (not that we condone drunk driving). According to the police report …

    - When asked to provide ID, Kosar gave the police two credit cards. When asked again for ID, Kosar pointed to the cards as if that was his ID.

    – Kosar was asked to recite the alphabet from E to W and supposedly said “E, F, G, P, L, M, N, O, Q,” which isn’t too far off.

    – When asked if he would be unable to stand on one leg for any reason, Kosar said he had a lot of surgeries on his ankles and knees because his offensive line couldn’t block.

Kosar man, what a gem. And by gem we mean idiot. And by idiot we mean don’t try this at home. Oh, and did we mention that Kosar’s daughter did porn?

Cleveland.com has the full police report if you want to read it.

Bernie Kosar looked sober in mug shot, pleads not guilty to DUI

Bernie Kosar DUI mug shot

Few former players seem to have had more trouble in life after retirement than Bernie Kosar. Not only has the former Cleveland Browns/Miami Hurricanes quarterback gotten a divorce, experienced financial problems, and felt the effects of concussions from his playing days, but now he was pulled over for suspicion of DUI on Sunday morning.

Kosar was pulled over for speeding and officers detected a strong scent of alcohol. They administered sobriety tests and took Kosar to jail, where he was released on $500 bond. He pleaded not guilty to the DUI charges and has a pretrial hearing on Dec. 9.

Kosar has made plenty of headlines in retirement. Not only did he anger Jeff Fisher by criticizing the St. Louis Rams during a preseason game, but he also raised concerns by slurring his words and otherwise looking or sounding terrible during radio interviews and an appearance on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “The U.” Oh yeah, and another problem he has is his daughter did porn. Yikes!

Photo: Twitter/ESPN Cleveland

Jeff Fisher disappointed with Bernie Kosar’s criticism

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher expressed his disappointment Saturday with Bernie Kosar’s criticism of his Rams during a preseason game on Thursday.

Kosar, who played quarterback for the Browns from 1985-1993, was serving as a color commentator during the Cleveland Browns’ preseason opener against the Rams and was pretty critical of St. Louis. Kosar consistently ripped on the Rams’ receivers, calling them “horrible” at one point. In addition to ripping on the Rams receivers, Kosar disparaged backup quarterback Kellen Clemens (you can hear an example of that in the video at the top).

Fisher must have heard about Kosar’s criticism and did not appreciate it. He addressed the comments from Kosar after the Rams’ practice on Saturday.

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