If you’re talking Cleveland Browns highlights chances are you’re returning to the era of Bernie and his brigade of bone-bashing pro bowlers.
While immensely affable off the field, quarterback Bernie Kosar led a merciless charge. The sidearm gunslinger stepped on the gridiron in his 1985 rookie season—taking the reins after Gary Danielson went out to injury—and he took the team to postseason play five straight years. It was a franchise first since the AFL-NFL merger that saw the league swell to 26 teams in 1970. The Browns notched elite league numbers, and not just on the back of Kosar’s multiple seasons of more than 3,000 passing yards. A dynamite defense pressuring opponents into turnovers season after season complemented Kosar’s work on offense. Pay homage to the unforgettable era.