CLEVELAND,Ohio (Jan. 13, 2014) – Legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosarwill receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this month's 14thAnnual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commissionannounced Thursday. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a sports figurewho has made a lasting impact on the Cleveland community.
"I am humbledand honored to be given this year's Lifetime Achievement Award," said Kosar. "Iwant to thank the Cleveland community for their unwavering support. Clevelandis a special place made up of special people and it will always be home."
Kosar, anative of Youngstown, became a Cleveland icon almost as soon as he was draftedby the Browns in 1985. Taking over the starting position midway through hisrookie season, Kosar quickly cemented himself as one of the National FootballLeague's top signal-callers.
Kosar led theBrowns to the AFC Championship three times during his career and was named tothe 1987 Pro Bowl. He also set the NFL record for consecutive passattempts without an interception (308).
Sinceretiring, Kosar has maintained an active presence in the Cleveland community.Along with serving as the color commentator for Brown's pre-season games, Kosarhosted a charity golf tournament for many years. Kosar also played a major rolein bringing an Arena Football League franchise to Cleveland.
The GreaterCleveland Sports Awards honors the best of Cleveland sports and features topsports personalities and athletes, an outstanding memorabilia and experienceauction and an exciting dinner and awards show. The event will be held onJanuary 23 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom. A limited amountof tables are still available and can be purchased by calling 216-363-1108.
Fans can alsopurchase an entry into the Golden Ticket raffle drawing. The winner of thedrawing will receive a pair of 2014 Indians, 2014 Browns and 2014-2015 Cavalierseason tickets. A limited number of 300 entries will be sold and entries are onsale at www.cleveland.com/sportsawards.
WhatThey're Saying About Bernie
"Bernie wasthe most popular athlete to ever play for a Cleveland sports team. He lovesthis community and he loves the people in this town. He's an incrediblygenerous, loyal and kind individual. He's simply happy to live in NortheastOhio. Bernie's resilience makes him a true representative of the city ofCleveland." - Umberto Fideli, President and CEO, The Fideli Group
"To me, BernieKosar will always represent Cleveland. In my lifetime, outstanding Brownsplayers who come to mind would be Jim Brown first and Bernie Kosarsecond. Anyone who was old enough to watch Bernie play will remember thedetermination, execution and drive that he had and still has within him. He willalways represent an exciting period in Cleveland Browns history and still hasan enormous fan base around the country. His fans love Bernie and Bernieloves his fans. The qualities he possesses as a friend; kindness, humor,loyalty and toughness, are just a small portion of the man he is. I amlucky to call him my friend." - Timothy Hyland, Managing Director, BoydWatterson
About theGreater Cleveland Sports Commission
The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission prides itself on being one of themost distinguished Sports Commissions in the country, effectively leveragingsports events and activities to further economic development in Northeast Ohio.The philosophy of the Sports Commission sets it apart from others by operatingas an economic and community development organization utilizing sports as avehicle to forward other community agendas. The organization takes the uniqueapproach of becoming a management and financial partner in each event with thegoal of producing events that are more successful in Cleveland than othercities in which they have been held. Since 2000, the Sports Commission has beenresponsible for attracting over 135 sporting events, contributing to more than$400 million in economic activity. For more information, visit www.clevelandsports.org.