Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Kosar, Jr.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in suburban Boardman, Bernie attended Boardman High School, where he earned Parade Magazine All-American honors as a senior for the 1982 season. Kosar chose to play college football at the University of Miami, and started all 12 games as a freshman in 1983. He lead the Hurricanes to an 11–1 regular season and a berth in the Orange Bowl against top-ranked Nebraska. In the game, Kosar passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns, and the Hurricanes topped the Cornhuskers 31–30 for Miami’s first national championship. Kosar earned Orange Bowl MVP honors for his performance. In 1984, he set Hurricane season records with 3,642 yards and 25 touchdowns, was a second-team All-American and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. Kosar’s career completion percentage of 62.3 percent is still a Hurricanes record. In 1985, Kosar announced that he wanted to go home to Ohio as a member of the Cleveland Browns and that he would forgo the regular NFL Draft and make himself eligible for the supplemental draft. He led the Browns to two AFC Championship games, set a league record by throwing 308 consecutive passes without an interception, and set a record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes. He went on to play for the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 1996. In 2007, he brought the Arena Football League’s Gladiators to Cleveland.
Currently, Bernie can be seen on WEWS's weekly show. He can also frequently be heard on WTAM's Mike Trivisonno show on Mondays at 3:35pm and Thursdays at 4:40pm.