The Columbus Dispatch
Scott Entsminger and his brother Bill had joked about it for years – the zinger they came up with for the obituary of whichever sibling would be the first to go.
He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.
When the lifelong Browns fan died on the 4th of July at age 55, his grieving family was a bit blindsided – he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only 22 days before his death. But Bill, writing Scott’s obituary, remembered the 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 Browns themselves have gotten involved, sending a representative to Entsminger's funeral and preparing a special jersey with the number of his favorite player – 76 for Lou Groza – and Entsminger's name on it. ESPN will also be at the funeral this afternoon, filming a segment for a documentary they're producing on the Browns.
We believe Cleveland Browns management may already have been aware of Entsminger, even before his obit potshot – as his obituary notes, he was in regular contact with the team for many years.
[H]e 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.
Written by Linnea Crowther