Bernie Kosar Biography
Bernie Kosar born Bernard Joseph Kosar Jr., is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He was born on November 25, 1963 in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in suburban Boardman.
Bernie attended Boardman High School, where he earned Parade Magazine All-American honors as a senior for the 1982 season. Kosar chose to play college football at the University of Miami, and started all 12 games as a freshman in 1983. He lead the Hurricanes to an 11–1 regular season and a berth in the Orange Bowl against top-ranked Nebraska. 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. 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.
In 1985, 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. He led the Browns to two AFC Championship games, set a league record by throwing 308 consecutive passes without an interception, and set a record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes. He went on to play for the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 1996. In 2007, he brought the Arena Football League’s Gladiators to Cleveland.
Currently, Bernie can be seen on WEWS’s weekly show. He can also frequently be heard on WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno show on Mondays at 3:35pm and Thursdays at 4:40pm.
Bernie Kosar Daughter
He has three daughters: Sara Kosar, Rachel Kosar, and Rebecca Kosar. Sara Kosar is an aerobics instructor and it is alleged that she got into porn.
Bernie Kosar NFL Career
Kosar chose the Browns, who were coming off a 5–11 season. In 1990 and 1991, Kosar set a league record by throwing 308 consecutive passes without an interception, which stood for almost two decades.
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 (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 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.
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.
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,(Art Modell also decided to inform the players he was moving the team after the 3-0 start, which led to the downfall of a team that was picked to go to the Super Bowl) 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.
The Dallas Cowboys then 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.
Kosar spent the final years of his career with the Miami Dolphins as a backup to Dan Marino. He designed a trick play that helped the Dolphins top the Jets in a crucial game late in 1994. 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.
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.
Bernie Kosar Stats
Bernie Kosar Stats: Regular Season
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3,365 passes attempted
1,994 passes completed
23,301 passing yards
124 passing touchdowns
87 passes intercepted
81.8 quarterback rating
Bernie Kosar Stats: Post-Season
269 passes attempted
152 passes completed
1,918 passing yards
17 passing touchdowns
11 passes intercepted
85.9 quarterback rating