Bernie, Bill, and the Browns is the story of the Cleveland Browns, the passionate fans and a decade that truly was the last great era in Cleveland football.
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.
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.
About the Author
Vince McKee is a growing force in the sports literary world. His first seven books all helped to build his credibility as a top-notch chronicler of the impact of Ohio sports. Vince is also the MMA correspondent for neosportsinsiders.com. He has also spent time as a High School Beat Reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer & The Medina Gazette. His work has been featured in SLAMMagazine, ESPN Sports Nation and Drennan Live. He has been called the go to source with anything involving sports history. He has personally interviewed some of the biggest names in Cleveland Sports history for his books, including a one on one with Bill Belichick.