The Cleveland Browns will present a special jersey of Hall of Famer Lou Groza,… (Associated Press )
The obituary of Scott E. Entsminger describes the late Mansfield, Ohio, resident as a fun-loving guy and a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan.
That may explain a playful zinger aimed at his beloved team that was tucked in the middle of the obituary, which appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday:
"He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time."
The Browns last won an NFL championship in 1964, have never appeared in the Super Bowl and haven't made the playoffs since 2002.
Entsminger, described as an accomplished musician who loved playing guitar, is said to have written a song for the Browns and submitted it to the team every year, along with "other advice on how to run the team," the obituary said.
It also requested that those attending the funeral service for the 55-year-old wear Browns gear.
Team spokesman Zak Gilbert said Monday that the Browns contacted Entsminger's widow, Pat, and learned his favorite player was Hall of Famer Lou Groza. The family will be presented with a Browns jersey bearing Groza's No. 76 but with Entsminger's name on the back, he said.
No word on the pallbearer request, though.
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