Posted by Andy Benoit
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar is one of the best interviews in all of sports. Kosar is intelligent, honest, deep-thinking and, frankly, emotional. This in mind, it’s no wonder Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was able to write a fantastic feature piece on the Cleveland star’s trials and tribulations.
In Pluto’s article, Kosar talks about mending the fences with Art Modell. You may recall, in 1993 Browns head coach Bill Belichick callously cut the beloved quarterback in the middle of the season in order to turn the offense over to Vinny Testaverde. Modell allowed the move to happen, which led to the first of what would turn out to be many spits of venom from the Cleveland faithful towards the Browns owner.
Pluto’s article also focuses on Kosar’s challenging life after football:
"When I was playing, I never thought it would end," he said. "I knew it would happen, but I never thought it would, you know what I mean? I didn't think I'd get hurt. I didn't think I'd get divorced. I didn't think I'd go bankrupt. I thought the money would always be there. No athlete when he's young or in his prime ever thinks it will end."
But end it did.
The divorce was very public, very ugly.
The money disappeared because of some family issues and some poor investments. Kosar also forgot he was an honor student with a finance degree from the University of Miami. He allowed some people to handle his money, and he simply didn't pay attention to where it went.
"I know how to make money, and I know how to spend money," he said. "The saving part never worked for me. My dad was a steelworker. My brother's company closed. Things happen, people needed help."
"I was into a lot of Florida real estate," he added. "Anyone who had a lot of Florida real estate and says they didn't get killed [financially] in the last few years is lying."
Kosar is big on personal growth and development. He goes in-depth about his life as a father and his relationships with those in the game (including Belichick) and away from the game (including his new girlfriend). If you have a minute, it’s worth reading.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .