Bernie Kosar wants to help bring the Browns back to Cleveland in his new role as full-time entrepreneur.
“That is part of what I’m thinking about,” the quarterback said in announcing his retirement Monday. “There is no question those fans, that area, deserve a football team.”
Kosar, who played in Cleveland for 8-1/2 of his 12 seasons, leads an investment group seeking to own the expansion team that will debut as the Browns in 1999. The Browns left Cleveland after 50 years to become the Baltimore Ravens last season.
Kosar was unemotional in announcing his retirement.
Kosar is executive director of a booming telemarketing business and owns a new line of greeting cards and a chain of Arby’s fast-food restaurants in Virginia. In addition, Kosar and his wife, Babette, are expecting their third child this summer.
At 33, the lanky quarterback ended up where he started - in Miami, where he won a national championship with the University of Miami in 1983. He ended his career as a backup for the Dolphins.
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