Bernie Kosar

Bernard Joseph Kosar Jr. (born November 25, 1963) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Kosar played for the Cleveland Browns from 1985 to 1993 and then finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. With the Cowboys, he won Super Bowl XXVIII, beating the Buffalo Bills, on January 30, 1994.

Bernie Kosar
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Kosar in August 2006
No. 19, 18
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:November 25, 1963 (age 55)
Youngstown, Ohio
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Boardman (Boardman, Ohio)
College:Miami (FL)
Supplemental draft:1985 / Round: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDInt:124–87
Yards:23,301
Passer rating:81.8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and high school career

Of Hungarian descent, Kosar was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in suburban Boardman. He attended Boardman High School, where he earned Parade magazine All-American honors as a senior for the 1981 season. He also gained recognition as a baseball player, especially for his pitching skills.

College career

Kosar chose to play college football at the University of Miami, which ran a passing-oriented offense and was beginning to emerge as one of the top football programs in the nation.

After being redshirted in 1982, Kosar started all 12 games as a freshman in 1983. He completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,328 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading the Hurricanes to an 11–1 regular season and a berth in the Orange Bowl against top-ranked Nebraska, which had won 22 consecutive games. In the game, Kosar passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns, and the Hurricanes topped the Cornhuskers 31–30 for Miami's first national championship. Kosar earned Orange Bowl MVP honors for his performance.[1]

In 1984, he set Hurricane season records with 3,642 yards and 25 touchdowns, was a second-team All-American and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. Kosar's career completion percentage of 62.3 percent is still a Hurricanes record.

He threw for 447 yards and two touchdowns, completing 25 of 38 attempts, in the Hurricanes' November 23, 1984, 47–45 loss to Doug Flutie's Boston College team when Flutie threw his famous "Hail Flutie" pass.[2] Earlier in the same year, Kosar watched as replacement quarterback Frank Reich of the University of Maryland launched what was then the biggest comeback in college football history. Reich led the Maryland Terrapins back from a first-half deficit of 31–0 and won a 42–40 victory.[3]

In his final college game, the 1985 Fiesta Bowl against UCLA in which the Hurricanes lost 39-37, Kosar completed 31 of 44 passes for 294 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception. He graduated from college with a double major in finance and economics. He took 18 credit hours during the spring of 1985 and an additional six during the summer to graduate early.[4]

Kosar was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009, on ESPN.

NFL draft controversy

Under National Football League (NFL) rules at the time, only seniors and graduates could be drafted. Kosar, who was scheduled to graduate over the summer from the University of Miami's business school with a double major in finance and economics, had two years of college eligibility remaining.

In 1985 underclassmen had until April 15 to notify the league about their eligibility for the April 30 regular draft. In January 1985, a Florida television report stated that Kosar had decided to forgo his two years of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft. Kosar denied the report at the time, but added that he would keep his options open. At a March 15 news conference, Kosar announced that he would make himself available for the 1985 NFL Draft and that he would like to play for the Cleveland Browns in his native Ohio. After the announcement, both NFL and United States Football League teams were interested and Kosar's agent, John Geletka, even met with the USFL's commissioner, Harry Usher to confirm the USFL's interest level.

The Buffalo Bills held the first pick in the 1985 NFL Draft and signed defensive end Bruce Smith out of Virginia Tech weeks before the draft. On April 9, 1985, Mike Lynn, the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings traded two picks to the Houston Oilers to move up to the second spot in the draft in preparation of Kosar's announcement that he would enter the draft.

Later on the same day, Cleveland traded their first round picks in the 1985 NFL Draft (#7) and 1986 NFL Draft, their third round pick in 1985 (#63) and their sixth round pick in 1986 to the Buffalo Bills for their first round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft. Since the Bills had the worst record in the 1984 season, they held the first pick in both the regular NFL draft and the supplemental draft in 1985. When a selection is used in the supplemental draft, that team forfeits the pick in the next regular draft which meant that the Browns could use the Bills 1986 regular draft first round pick as the first pick in the 1985 supplemental draft.

On April 10, NFL spokesman Joe Browne said that if Kosar's paperwork was not received by the April 15 deadline then he would not be eligible for the regular draft on April 30. Browne added that if Kosar later decided to play in the 1985 season, then the league would hold a supplemental draft for Kosar and other eligible players.

Minnesota responded by stating that when Kosar announced he would turn professional, he was, in effect, declaring his intention to enter the draft. They claimed the Browns and Kosar's agent orchestrated this scenario in order to subvert the NFL's orderly system of drafting players and claim Kosar for themselves. Mike Lynn also stated that since Kosar had hired an agent, he should have automatically lost his college eligibility and become eligible for the regular draft. The Oilers threatened to sue the NFL if Kosar was allowed to skip the regular draft in favor of the supplemental draft and Kosar's agent threatened to sue the NFL if Kosar was forced into the regular draft.

Due to the controversy, on April 12, commissioner Pete Rozelle extended the April 15 eligibility deadline for Kosar alone (who had not officially filed the paperwork for draft eligibility) and called a hearing that would take place on April 16. The four teams (Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston and Minnesota) involved in the two trades presented their case at the hearing.

On April 23, Rozelle announced that he would leave the decision up to Kosar, but permitted Minnesota to persuade Kosar to enter the regular draft with the condition that they could not negotiate a potential contract with him. This led to an April 25 news conference where Kosar announced that he wanted to go home to Ohio as a member of the Cleveland Browns and that he would forgo the regular NFL Draft and make himself eligible for the supplemental draft. On May 10, Kosar officially announced his intentions for the supplemental draft in a letter to the commissioner. On June 25, Kosar became officially eligible for the supplemental draft when he took his exam finals and the university notified the NFL front office that he had graduated. On July 3, 1985, the Browns selected Kosar and signed him to a five-year contract.

NFL career

Cleveland Browns

Kosar chose the Browns, who were coming off a 5–11 season.

The Browns intended Kosar to serve as Gary Danielson's backup in Kosar's rookie season, but Danielson injured his shoulder in the fifth week. Kosar completed half of his passes in the team's run-oriented offense that year. The team snuck into the playoffs with an 8–8 record, losing to the Miami Dolphins in the divisional playoffs.

Danielson was injured again in the 1986 preseason, and by the time he healed, Kosar had established himself as the Browns' permanent starter. In a new, passing-focused offense, Kosar threw for 3,854 yards and finished second in the league with 310 completions. The Browns took the top seed in the American Football Conference (AFC) with a 12–4 record. In the divisional playoffs against the New York Jets, Kosar threw for a then-playoff-record 489 yards (a record since eclipsed by Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII) in leading the Browns to a 23–20 comeback victory in double overtime. Only John Elway's 98-yard drive in the following week's AFC championship game kept the Browns out of the Super Bowl.

Kosar's most productive year statistically was 1987. In the strike-shortened season, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,033 yards and 22 touchdowns and led the AFC in quarterback rating. In an AFC championship rematch against Elway's Denver Broncos, Kosar threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns in a 38–33 loss.

Kosar spent most of the 1988 season sidelined with injuries but came back to throw for 3,533 yards in 1989. That year, the Browns advanced to the AFC championship for the third time in four years, losing again to the Broncos in Denver.

Kosar set a record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes (3 games) having thrown three scores against both Indianapolis and Denver in 1987, and three against Buffalo in 1989.[5]

Kosar's later years in Cleveland were dampened by injuries and dwindling support around him. In 1990, Kosar threw a career-high 15 interceptions as the Browns went 3–13. The following year, he came back to throw for 3,487 yards and 18 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions. He also started the 1990 season by setting an NFL record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception with 286.[6] In 1990 and 1991, Kosar set a league record by throwing 308 consecutive passes without an interception, which stood for almost two decades.

In 1991, the Browns hired Bill Belichick as head coach. Following a 1992 season which saw Kosar miss 9 games with a broken ankle and go 2–5 in the games that he started, Belichick signed quarterback Vinny Testaverde before the 1993 season. After falling from 3–0 to 3–2, Belichick benched Kosar in favor of Testaverde. An injury to Testaverde returned Kosar to the field. After a 29–14 loss to Denver in Week 10, the Browns released Kosar.[7]

Dallas Cowboys

After the Browns released Kosar, the Dallas Cowboys signed Kosar to a one-year, $1 million contract to fill in for an injured Troy Aikman. Kosar played in four games for the Cowboys and earned his only Super Bowl championship as a backup in Super Bowl XXVIII. Kosar entered the game in the final play and knelt down to close the victory. A week prior to the Super Bowl, Kosar relieved an injured Aikman in the second half of the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, completing five of nine pass attempts for 83 yards and one touchdown.

Miami Dolphins

Kosar spent the final years of his career with the Miami Dolphins as a backup to Dan Marino. He brought with him a trick play that helped the Dolphins top the Jets in a crucial game late in 1994.[8] With the clock winding down and the Dolphins trailing by three, Marino pretended to spike the ball to stop the clock. He then threw the winning touchdown pass to Mark Ingram.[8]

Kosar finished his 12-season career with 1,994 completions in 3,365 attempts for 23,301 yards and 124 touchdowns, with 87 interceptions. He also rushed for five touchdowns. He also held the NFL record for most consecutive completed passes without an interception, until December 26, 2010, when Tom Brady broke his record.

Post-retirement

Sports related

Since retiring from football after the 1996 season, Kosar has been involved in several ventures. He hosted the Nestlé/Bernie Kosar Charity Classic at Tanglewood Country Club in Bainbridge, Ohio throughout the 1990s.[9]

There had been talk of Kosar taking the head coaching job at his alma mater, the University of Miami. Kosar (who currently holds a seat on University of Miami's board of regents) acknowledged that he had considered taking the job before it was ultimately offered to Randy Shannon.[10][11]

In 2001, Kosar purchased the Florida Panthers NHL team along with pharmaceutical businessman Alan Cohen.[12]

Kosar also purchased a minority share in the Arena Football League's Las Vegas Gladiators in 2007 and announced that the team would move to Cleveland and play under the name Cleveland Gladiators.[13][14]

On October 16, 2007, he was named team president and CEO of the franchise.[15] The Gladiators finished the 2008 regular season 9–7, earning them a playoff berth.

On October 17, 2009, Kosar was hired as a consultant for the Cleveland Browns.[16]

Business and property ventures

Following the 2008–2009 recession, Kosar and his businesses declared bankruptcy on June 19, 2009, later listing $9.2 million in assets and $18.9 million in debt. Although the initial bankruptcy filing was a Chapter 11 restructuring, the US Bankruptcy Court in Fort Lauderdale ordered the proceeding changed to a Chapter 7 liquidation on January 6, 2010.[17] Under the restructuring Kosar's filings proposed protecting his NFL pension; it is unclear at this time if he will be able to retain his pension under the Chapter 7 proceedings.[18]

The Geauga County Maple Leaf newspaper reported on July 15, 2010, that Kosar was about to lose property in Geauga County, Ohio, for unpaid back taxes totaling $173,557.90.[19]

In September 2010, the trustees of Auburn Township indicated that the township was considering purchasing the land in foreclosure.[20]

Kosar has lent his name to Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, which opened in December 2013.[21]

Personal life

Kosar continues to deal with the lingering effects of several concussions he sustained during his playing career and is currently in a treatment program to alleviate his symptoms.[22] The experimental treatment has been very helpful for Kosar, to the point where he has openly promoted the treatment in the hopes of helping other players who may have developed the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.[23] Kosar's symptoms have included insomnia, slurred speech and a ringing in his head, some present for more than a decade.[24]

After being pulled over for speeding, Kosar was cited September 29, 2013, in Solon, Ohio, for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of reckless operation. Kosar received a $750 fine and a suspended jail sentence.[25]

In December 2015, Kosar announced his engagement to Anna Tomaro, a hair stylist from Highland Heights, Ohio.[26]

In popular culture

In the 2010 novel I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, protagonist John Smith names his pet beagle "Bernie Kosar." In the 2011 film adaptation, a poster of Kosar is shown in Smith's new bedroom.[27]

Bibliography

  • Kosar, Bernie; Stout, Craig (2017). Learning to Scramble. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Landmarks Press. ISBN 978-0-936760-00-1.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

  • 3,365 passes attempted
  • 1,994 passes completed
  • 23,301 passing yards
  • 124 passing touchdowns
  • 87 passes intercepted
  • 81.8 quarterback rating

Post-season

  • 269 passes attempted
  • 152 passes completed
  • 1,918 passing yards
  • 17 passing touchdowns
  • 11 passes intercepted
  • 85.9 quarterback rating

References

  1. ^ Cleveland Browns 1992 Media Guide
  2. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, ESPN Books, (2005), ISBN 1-4013-3703-1. p. 160
  3. ^ "Maryland Football Quarterback Legacy". University of Maryland. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  4. ^ 1992 cleveland browns media guide
  5. ^ "Bernie Kosar Career Game Log". Pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Mosley, Matt (November 3, 2008). "Kosar's Record Safe From Campbell". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.upi.com/Archives/1993/11/08/Browns-release-Kosar/5683752734800/
  8. ^ a b Cimini, Rich (November 26, 2014). "The Fake Spike, 20 years later". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Hubbuch, Bart (March 26, 1996). "Instead of Art, will it be Bernie?". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2018 – via Bernie-kosar.com.
  10. ^ Kosar considering Miami coaching job Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, AllHeadlineNews.com. URL accessed December 6, 2006
  11. ^ "Kosar interested in returning to alma mater". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 6, 2006. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Maher, Christopher (June 20, 2009). "Bernie's Bankrupt: A Symbol of a Nation, Generation and Region?". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Jay, Robbie (October 11, 2007). "Die Hard Fans Anonymous: ARENA FOOTBALL COMING TO CLEVELAND". Diehardfansanonymous.blogspot.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  14. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports/1192351347316770.xml&coll=2 Archived January 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Las Vegas franchise relocates to Cleveland for 2008 AFL season - Arena Football - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. November 30, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  16. ^ Grossi, Tony (October 17, 2009). "Bernie's back – Kosar joins Browns as consultant to Randy Lerner: NFL Insider". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Bathon, Michael (January 9, 2010). "Bernie Kosar's assets will be sold off". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Bloomberg News. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  18. ^ Bernard J. Kosar Jr., no. 09-22371, Bankr. S.D. Fla., via PACER https://ecf.flsb.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl
  19. ^ "Diminishing tax payments by former Cleveland Brown". Geauga County Maple Leaf. July 15, 2010. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  20. ^ Ryder, Diane (September 22, 2010). "Auburn may buy Bernie Kosar's property". The News-Herald. Willoughby, Ohio. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  21. ^ Ott, Thomas (August 22, 2013). "Bernie Kosar lends his name to Northfield Park restaurant". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  22. ^ Rivaldo, Joey (January 10, 2013). "Bernie Kosar is Undergoing "Groundbreaking" Treatment for Brain Trauma". ProPlayerInsiders.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  23. ^ "Bernie Kosar happy to find treatment". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 11, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  24. ^ Reed, Tom (January 10, 2013). "Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar receiving 'groundbreaking' treatments for brain trauma". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "Bernie Kosar pleads no contest to reckless operation charge". USA Today. Associated Press. April 28, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  26. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=870655269648420&set=ecnf.100001118661037&type=3&theater
  27. ^ "I Am Number Four – Bernie Kosar". February 16, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011.

External links

1984 Maryland Terrapins football team

The 1984 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland, College Park in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Terrapins won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the second consecutive season.

1984 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1984 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 59th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by first-year head coach Jimmy Johnson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 8–5 overall. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they lost to UCLA, 39-37.

1985 Cleveland Browns season

The 1985 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 36th season with the National Football League.

In Marty Schottenheimer's first full year as head coach, the Browns bounced back from a horrible 5–11 season in 1984 to make the playoffs, despite a .500 season. Rookie quarterback Bernie Kosar led the Browns' offense; Ozzie Newsome's 62 receptions earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl; Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack each rushed for over 1,000 yards.

In the Divisional Playoffs, the Browns led the Miami Dolphins 21–3 in the third quarter, but in a scene that would be repeated 4 more times in the 1980s, the Browns collapsed down the stretch as the Dolphins came back to score three touchdowns to win the game 24–21.

In 2004, Football Outsiders named the 1985 Browns as one of the "worst playoff teams ever":

Opponents outscored them 287–294, and they were blown out in two of their last three games (31–13 by the Seahawks and 38–10 by the Jets). They took a 21–3 lead over the Dolphins in the playoffs, only to watch Dan Marino and company score 21 unanswered points to win the game.

The 1985 Browns are probably best known for having two 1,000-yard rushers in Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack. Despite that impressive feat, the Browns were only fourth in the AFC in team rushing yards. They were 13th in the conference in passing yards, thanks to rookie [quarterback] Bernie Kosar and journeyman Gary Danielson. What that team did very well was play defense and take advantage of a weak division. The Browns swept the 5–11 Oilers and split with the 7–9 Bengals and Steelers. A 28–21 win in Week 15 against the Oilers proved to be the division capper: Kosar threw three TDs to open up a 28–7 lead, and the defense withstood a Warren Moon comeback.

Until 2011, Cleveland's .500 winning percentage held the record for the lowest such percentage for a division winning playoff team in a non-strike season; the record was tied by the 2008 San Diego Chargers, then broken by the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. (Incidentally, in 1985 and 2008, teams with 11–5 records – Denver in 1985, New England in 2008—missed the playoffs.)

1985 Fiesta Bowl

The 1985 Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 1985, was the 14th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game featured the UCLA Bruins, and the Miami Hurricanes. The game was the fourth highest scoring Fiesta Bowl of all time. Miami was defending national champions, playing with four losses under new head coach Jimmy Johnson.

1985 NFL Draft

The 1985 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. The draft was held April 30 and May 1, 1985, at the Omni Park Central Hotel in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

The first six selections of the draft made at least one Pro Bowl, and three of the first 16 picks — Bruce Smith, Chris Doleman, and Jerry Rice — have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.For the second consecutive season, there were no quarterbacks chosen in the first round on draft day, although University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar was selected by the Browns in the supplemental draft several months later.

1986 Cleveland Browns season

The 1986 Cleveland Browns season was the team’s 37th season with the National Football League. The death of Don Rogers, a promising young defensive back who was preparing to enter his third season in the NFL, cast a black cloud over the team as it prepared for the 1986 season.

Cleveland won their first postseason game since 1969, and for the first time in franchise history, the Browns reached the AFC Championship Game, where they would eventually fall to the Denver Broncos, in the game famous for “The Drive.” It would be the first of three AFC Championship games that the Browns would reach in four seasons, all losses to Denver. It remains the best post-merger Browns season as of 2017.

1987 Cleveland Browns season

The 1987 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 38th season in the National Football League.

Led by another 3,000-yard season from Bernie Kosar, the Browns captured their third-straight AFC Central crown. In the divisional playoffs, against the Indianapolis Colts at Municipal Stadium, the Browns routed the Colts 38–21 to advance to their second-straight AFC Championship Game. For the second year in a row, the Browns were matched up against the Denver Broncos for a trip to Super Bowl XXII. The Browns fell behind early at Mile High Stadium, as the Broncos roared out to a big halftime lead. However, the Browns scored 30 points in the second half, and drove down the field in the late fourth quarter with a chance to score a game-tying touchdown. With 1:12 left in the game, RB Earnest Byner was stripped of the ball at the 2-yard line by Broncos' defensive back Jeremiah Castille in a play since dubbed The Fumble. Denver ran down the clock and took an intentional safety with 8 seconds left, and the Browns fell 38–33. Denver returned to the Super Bowl for a second straight year at the expense of the Browns.

1989 Cleveland Browns season

The 1989 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 40th season with the National Football League.

It was the Browns' first season with head coach Bud Carson, who had been the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets the previous season. The Browns reached their third AFC Championship Game in four seasons, and for the third time lost to the Denver Broncos.

It would be the Browns's fifth consecutive season making the playoffs, but it would be their last playoff season until 1994.

1993 Cleveland Browns season

The 1993 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 44th season with the National Football League. This season was notable for coach Bill Belichick deciding to bench, and then ultimately release, longtime starting quarterback Bernie Kosar in favor of Vinny Testaverde. Kosar resurfaced during the season with the Dallas Cowboys, when he was part of the eventual Super Bowl champions as a fill-in for injured quarterback Troy Aikman. The Browns get off to a 5-2 start despite the Quarterback Controversy. Prior to the start of the season the Browns signed Free Agent Quarterback Vinny Testaverde. Originally Testaverde was supposed to back-up his former University of Miami teammate Bernie Kosar. However, when Testaverde performed better when given the opportunity to play some felt there should be a change at the Quarterback position. However, the Browns went beyond that by unceremoniously releasing Kosar in the middle of the season. The Browns lost their next four games and seven of their last nine games to finish with a 7-9 record.

Gary Danielson

Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951) is a former professional American football player and a current college football commentator. Danielson was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Detroit Lions from 1976 to 1984 and for the Cleveland Browns in 1985, 1987, and 1988. He is currently working for CBS Sports as a commentator for its college football coverage; he previously held the same position for ABC Sports.

Hail Flutie

The Hail Flutie game, also known as the Miracle in Miami, is a college football game that took place between the Boston College Eagles and the University of Miami Hurricanes on November 23, 1984. It has been regarded by FOX Sports writer Kevin Hench as among the most memorable moments in sports. The game is most notable for a last-second Hail Mary pass from quarterback Doug Flutie to wide receiver Gerard Phelan to give Boston College the win. Miami was the defending national champion and entered the game ranked 12th in the nation. Boston College was ranked 10th with a record of 8–2 and had already accepted an invitation to the Cotton Bowl Classic at the end of the season. The game was played at the Miami Orange Bowl, and televised nationally by CBS, with Brent Musburger, Ara Parseghian, and Pat Haden commentating.

Notable achievements in the game included:

The Hurricanes' Bernie Kosar passed for a school-record 447 yards.

Miami running back Melvin Bratton ran for four touchdowns.

Flutie passed for 472 yards and four touchdowns and became the first collegiate quarterback ever to surpass 10,000 yards passing in a college career.

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The novel is the first of a seven-book series.

List of Cleveland Browns broadcasters

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List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks

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Since joining the NFL in 1950, the Browns have had 57 different quarterbacks start in at least one game for the team. Pro Football Hall of Fame member Otto Graham, the team's first quarterback, led the Browns to three NFL championships in their first six seasons in the league. Since resuming operations in 1999 after a three-year vacancy, the franchise has been notable for its futility at the quarterback position. From 1999 through week 4 of the 2018 season, the team had 30 different players start at quarterback. Tim Couch, the Browns' first overall draft pick in 1999, is the only quarterback in that stretch to start all 16 games in a season for the team, having done so in 2001. The Browns have started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons.

List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks

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List of NFL supplemental draft picks

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Miami began competing in intercollegiate football in 1926, but these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1926, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

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Mike Pagel

Mike John Pagel (born September 13, 1960) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 206 lb (93 kg) quarterback from Arizona State, Pagel played in 12 NFL seasons from 1982–1993.

Drafted the same year as Art Schlichter, Pagel was drafted to be groomed as a backup. Generally he out-played Schlichter. Pagel bounced in and out of the starting quarterback job for the Colts in his four seasons with the team, alternating with Schlichter, Matt Kofler, and Mark Herrmann. He was the last Colt to wear #18 before Peyton Manning. He was traded to Cleveland for the 1986 season and served for the next five years there strictly as a backup. In 1988, he took over for an injured Bernie Kosar and Don Strock and played well in a playoff loss to the Houston Oilers.

Pagel finished up the last three years with the Los Angeles Rams, never garnering more than mop-up duties.

Pagel now resides in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, and is a project manager for AT&T. He also serves as analyst for the pregame, halftime and postgame shows on WTAM and WMMS during Browns games and offers television color commentary on college games on Fox Sports Network. Pagel also provides video commentary on his own site Pagel On Point. In addition, he presently is the quarterback coach at Normandy High School in Parma, Ohio. Sports is part of the family bloodline; Mike's brother Karl Pagel played baseball for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. His brother Rick was a starting defensive end for the United States Naval Academy and served over 20 years as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps. Two of his other brothers also played junior college sports. His brother, Bruce, played offensive line at Glendale (AZ) Community College, and is now a professor of political science at Santa Fe College. His brother, Ross, played quarterback for Phoenix College, and later played first base for the college baseball team.

Paul McDonald (American football)

Paul Brian McDonald (born February 23, 1958) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Southern California.

Bernie Kosar—championships, awards, and honors

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