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Fan's Obit Rocks Cleveland

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"He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time."

Image via The Columbus Dispatch

Scott Entsminger and his brother Bill had joked about it for years – the zinger they would put in the obituary of whichever brother was the first to go.

"He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time."

That honor, it turns out, went to Scott, whose family was a bit blindsided when the lifelong Browns fan died July 4, 2013, at age 55 – he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only 22 days before.

While writing Scott's obituary, Bill remembered their running joke and included it in his loving tribute to his brother. He thought it would give family and friends a chuckle as they remembered Scott. What he didn't know was that the obituary he had written would make headlines and go viral. It's now being shared around the web, bringing wry smiles to the faces of fellow frustrated fans everywhere.

Even the Cleveland Browns themselves have gotten involved; they are sending a representative to Entsminger's funeral with a special jersey emblazoned Entsminger's name and the number 76 (for his favorite player Lou Groza). ESPN will also be at the funeral, filming a segment for a documentary they're producing on the Browns.

It's likely Cleveland Browns management was already aware of Entsminger, even before his obit potshot. Scott, as it turns out, was in regular contact with the team for many years. As his obituary notes:

He also wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team.