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Kosar's financial downfall brings sad life to forefront

By dan Published: June 22, 2009
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar gives a bit of advice to current quarterback Brady Quinn before the game against the Denver Broncos at Cleveland Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

Last Friday news of former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar filing for bankruptcy came out.
It was a sad tale. Kosar's Chapter 11 filing Friday lists assets between $1 million and $10 million and liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million.
That includes owing almost $1.5 million to the Browns, the team he legendarily quarterbacked from 1985 to 1993.
But Kosar's saga is much worse beneath the surface, as described by Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald.
Le Batard was with Kosar as he signed his bankruptcy papers, chronicling the 45-year-old's downfall.
Kosar has a mangled body – a perpetually bent throwing arm, crooked fingers, creaky knees and a bad back. Even his hip needs replaced following the rough life of professional football.
That, however, is only part of Kosar's life. He's in the midst of a divorce from his estranged wife Babette. There are rumors of addiction.
Even worse for Kosar has been every day life following football. He's so used to being just a football player he has seemingly never known how to be a man.
With a guitar as a weapon, he chased after a boy interested in one of his daughters. He uses a saw to cut French bread. He doesn't know how to run a dishwasher or a clothes washer.
"I was 25 and everyone was telling me that I was the smartest; now I'm 45 and realize I'm an idiot," Kosar said. "I'm 45 and immature. I don't like being 45."
Many of Kosar's problems were brought upon by himself, some by others. Regardless, it's a tragic tale of a man will always be a legend in Cleveland sports.
He clearly still has a passion for football. Just listen to the way he calls Browns preseason games or when he calls into local radio stations.
Now, hopefully, he can begin to channel that passion into the rest of his life.


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