Bernie, Bill, and the Browns

Bernie, Bill, and the Browns

by Vince McKee


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Bernie, Bill, and the Browns by Vince McKee

When the Cleveland Browns selected Bernie Kosar in the 1985 Supplemental draft, few knew just how much that would impact the next decade of Cleveland Browns football. They were coming off of a rough patch, but had a long history of winning. The fans were passionate and ready to support a winner.

What happened next was a decade of ups and downs the likes of which were dramatic enough that it often seemed like a Hollywood script was unfolding before our very eyes. There was a drive, a fumble, even retired quarterback Don Strock made his return straight off of a golf course. Beloved coach, Marty Schottenheimer, left and Bud Carson arrived to take the Browns back to the verge of the Super Bowl in 1990, only to fall short, once again being defeated by the emerging icon, John Elway, wearing number seven for the Denver Broncos.

Bill Belichick would arrive soon after in 1991, a visionary before his time that never quite got it with the Browns, and by the time he departed, cut a hometown hero and was the captain of sinking ship as Modell announced the move on that dreadful November day.

One could wonder what would have happened had the Browns not left Cleveland in 1995, but no one can dispute the absolute thrill ride the hometown boy, Bernie Kosar, from Boardman Ohio took us all on for ten glorious years. This is the story of Cleveland Browns, the passionate fans and a decade that truly was the last great era in Cleveland football.

Interviews include Brian Brennan, Reggie Langhorne, Tommy Vardell, Leroy Hoard, Matt Stover, Ed Sutter, George Lilja, Felix Wright, Brian Kinchen, Brian Hansen, and Michael Jackson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681570112
Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,223,903
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vince McKee is a growing force in the sports literary world. His first six books, including Hero, Cleveland's Finest, Jacobs Field, and The Cleveland Cavaliers, all helped to build his credibility as a top-notch chronicler of the impact of Ohio sports. Vince is also the MMA correspondent for InscriberMag: Digital Magazine as well as a beat reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is an avid Cleveland sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Maggie. Vince McKee lives in North Olmsted Ohio.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iii

Dedication iv

The New Era Begins 1

Bernie Kosar 7

A Mile High Challenge 17

A Change of the Guard 56

Rebuilding with Bill 91

Diminishing Skills 152

Playoffs 183

The Unthinkable Happens 220

Epilogue 247

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