Tag:Bernie Kosar
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 7:29 pm

The NFL Supplemental Draft: A brief history

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Oakland Raiders are who we thought they were: a team madly in love with size and speed. They reaffirmed that love again Monday when they used a third-round pick in the NFL Supplemental Draft to take former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, a prospect most draft analysts and personnel types had pegged as a late-round selection.

Pre-draft analysis matters little now; the Raiders are neither conventional nor particularly interested in what the rest of the football world thinks. Owner Al Davis wants guys who can run faster, throw farther and hit harder than than everybody else. But we already knew that because that's always been the case. Now the question is if Pryor can harness that raw athleticism into something that will make him more than a supplemental draft footnote.

Which brings us to this: Who are some of the best NFL players to come out of the supplemental draft?

Glad you asked -- let's get to this…

Bernie Kosar, QB, University of Miami, 1st round, 1985. According to NFL.com's Elliot Harrison, Kosar finagled his way into the supplemental draft -- and deftly avoided the regular draft -- when his agent failed to file the paperwork by the deadline, and it left Kosar available for the supplemental process later that summer. "Controversy erupted, as Minnesota desperately wanted to draft Kosar, but ultimately Commissioner Pete Rozelle left the decision up to the kid. The rest is history. Kosar led Cleveland to the playoffs five straight seasons from 1985 to 1989, including three AFC Championship Game appearances."

Brian Bosworth, LB, Oklahoma, 1st round, 1987. Bosworth was brash but he was also one of the best linebackers in college history. He opted for the supplemental draft to avoid landing with the Bills or Colts, and ultimately ended up with the Seahawks. Other than a brief acting career that made for unintentionally hilarious moments, Boz is probably best remembered for getting trucked by Bo Jackson.

Cris Carter, WR, Ohio State, 4th round, 1987. Carter played 16 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins, and finished his career with 1,101 catches, 13,899 yards receiving and 130 touchdowns. He was part of the 1998 Vikings team that went 15-1 under head coach Dennis Green (and offensive coordinator Brian Billick), and featured Randall Cunningham at quarterback. Some guy named Randy Moss was a rookie for Minnesota that year, too.

Pryor's Journey to Oakland

Steve Walsh, QB, University of Miami, 1st round, 1989. The Cowboys used a first-round pick on Walsh months after they had taken Troy Aikman in the first round of the regular draft. Then-head coach Jimmy Johnson had coached Walsh at the University of Miami, and presumably he thought Walsh gave the Cowboys the best chance to win. Instead, he started just five games during that first season and never was able to unseat Aikman. The rest (in Dallas, anyway) was history. Walsh had an 11-year NFL career, playing for six NFL teams, even making several playoff appearances.

Bobby Humphrey, RB, Alabama, 1st round, 1989. As a rookie with the Broncos, he rushed for 1,151 yards and seven touchdowns, and played in Super Bowl XXIV, a 55-10 drubbing at the hands of the 49ers. Two years later, Humphrey held out in the hopes of a new contract, the team stood firm, and he finally returned to the field in Week 14. By then, Gaston Green was the Broncos' new back, proving yet again that running backs are fungible.

Rob Moore, WR, Syracuse, 1st round, 1990. He played for 10 NFL seasons with the Jets and Cardinals, his best effort coming in 1997 when he hauled in 97 passes for 1,584 yards, and eight touchdowns. He averaged 99 yards receiving per game that season.

Jamal Williams, DT, Oklahoma State, 2nd round, 1998. It wasn't long ago that Williams was considered one of the most dominating nose tackles in football. Now 35, his game isn't where it once was, but he's still formidable enough to regularly require double-teams. Williams opted for the supplemental draft after he was declared academically ineligible at Oklahoma State.

Ahmad Brooks, LB, Virginia, 3rd round, 2006. Brooks was occasionally described as "the next Ray Lewis" while at UVA, but he was dismissed from the team which explains how he ended up in the supplemental draft. It's hardly surprising that the Bengals took a flier on a player with off-field concerns and amazing physical skills. Also not surprising: a player drafted by the Bengals has yet to live up to expectations. Cincinnati cut Brooks before the 2008 season, and he has spent the last three years with the 49ers, where he has started just once in that time.

Jared Gaither, OT, Maryland, 5th round, 2007. Gaither is another high-upside guy who the Ravens never could properly motivate. He played well enough to earn the starting left tackle job, even after the team drafted Michael Oher. But injuries and a questionable work ethic was enough for Baltimore to let him walk in free agency this summer. Gaither's now with the Chiefs.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State, 3rd round, 2011. To be continued…

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 2:47 pm

Kosar wants to get into coaching

Bernie Kosar (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bernie Kosar has had an eventful post-NFL career after retiring in 1996 (until I looked it up, I completely forgot that he spent a year with the Cowboys and three seasons with the Dolphins before he was done with the game).

He was part owner of the NHL franchise in Florida and the Arena Football League team in Las Vegas. He’s owned restaurants, and he’s been a consultant for the Browns. Unfortunately for Kosar, he declared bankruptcy in 2009 after the Florida real estate market went to hell (his top-20 debts added up to about $20 million).

Now, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it sounds like Kosar is looking to get into coaching, possibly with the Bengals or the Patriots.

Maybe there’s one aspect that will help Kosar with the Patriots. As MJD of Yahoo! wrote, Kosar advised the Browns bigwigs to rehire Belichick in 1998, after his debacle from 1991-95 in Cleveland.

They laughed at him and hired Chris Palmer instead. Palmer went 5-27 in two seasons with the squad. You know what Belichick has done.

You know, maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea for Kosar to remind Belichick of his 12-year-old prediction. Maybe it’ll gain him some favor. Of course, Belichick unmercifully cut Kosar in the middle of the 1993 season, so perhaps not.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 5:40 pm

Bernie Kosar's tough road after football

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar is one of the best interviews in all of sports. Kosar is intelligent, honest, deep-thinking and, frankly, emotional. This in mind, it’s no wonder Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was able to write a fantastic feature piece on the Cleveland star’s trials and tribulations.

In Pluto’s article, Kosar talks about mending the fences with Art Modell. You may recall, in 1993 Browns head coach Bill Belichick callously cut the beloved quarterback in the middle of the season in order to turn the offense over to Vinny Testaverde. Modell allowed the move to happen, which led to the first of what would turn out to be many spits of venom from the Cleveland faithful towards the Browns owner.

Pluto’s article also focuses on Kosar’s challenging life after football:

"When I was playing, I never thought it would end," he said. "I knew it would happen, but I never thought it would, you know what I mean? I didn't think I'd get hurt. I didn't think I'd get divorced. I didn't think I'd go bankrupt. I thought the money would always be there. No athlete when he's young or in his prime ever thinks it will end."

But end it did.

The divorce was very public, very ugly.

The money disappeared because of some family issues and some poor investments. Kosar also forgot he was an honor student with a finance degree from the University of Miami. He allowed some people to handle his money, and he simply didn't pay attention to where it went.

"I know how to make money, and I know how to spend money," he said. "The saving part never worked for me. My dad was a steelworker. My brother's company closed. Things happen, people needed help."

He paused.

"I was into a lot of Florida real estate," he added. "Anyone who had a lot of Florida real estate and says they didn't get killed [financially] in the last few years is lying."

Kosar is big on personal growth and development. He goes in-depth about his life as a father and his relationships with those in the game (including Belichick) and away from the game (including his new girlfriend). If you have a minute, it’s worth reading.

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 11:26 am

The supplemental draft is today

H. Unga running the ball while at BYU (Getty) The NFL supplemental draft begins this afternoon, and though there aren't huge names that are involved, that doesn’t mean great deals can’t be forged during this exercise. In the past, players like Bernie Kosar, Cris Carter and Brian Bosworth were selected in the supplemental draft. But if you’re unsure of what the supplemental draft is, you’re not alone.

“I had no idea what the supplemental was until this year,” said former BYU running back Harvey Unga, who withdrew from his school in April after violating the strict honor code. “It’s not the glamour and the glitz of the regular draft. But it’s an opportunity for us to make the best of this situation.”

Unga is one of four players who are entered in this year’s draft, along with Illinois DT Joshua Price-Brent, Northwestern State (and former Nebraska) RB Quentin Castille and Truman State WR Vanness Emokpae.

The supplemental draft serves as a last-chance effort for those players who didn’t enter their names in the June draft but who, for whatever reason, can’t – or won’t – return to college. Unga withdrew from BYU, and Price-Brent was deemed academically ineligible.

The reason teams might be hesitant to select anybody in the draft is because they’ll lose a corresponding pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. If, say, the Jets pick Unga in the sixth round of the supplemental draft, they’ll miss a sixth-round pick in next June’s Draft.

Unga’s right about the lack of glitz and glamour. The draft is conducted via e-mail where teams bid for the players based on which round they would like to select him. I asked Unga when he would find out if he’d been drafted.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I’m just as new to this as anybody else.”

Though it’s a possibility that nobody will be selected, it sounds as though Price-Brent and Unga likely will be taken – probably in the fifth or six rounds.

For more on Unga, read my “Five questions (or more)” segment with him.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 2:31 pm

Kosar hurting about LeBron

Want to know why Bernier Kosar is absolutely beloved in Cleveland? Check out the beginning to this article from Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer: B. Kosar (US Presswire)

It was more than 12 hours since Bernie Kosar watched "The Decision," and his voice still cracked as he fought off the tears talking about LeBron James leaving the Cavs for the Miami Heat.

"It brought back all the memories," said the former Browns quarterback. "I saw the ball on the ground from The Fumble, the catch in the end zone at the end of The Drive... I even felt some of the same things that I felt when the Browns moved."

But most of all, Kosar felt for Cleveland sports fans - because he is one of them.

"I had this sick sense inside, like when I was cut [by the Browns in 1993]," said Kosar. "All the old emotions came back, watching LeBron."

Last year, Kosar was hired as a Browns consultant.

--Andy Benoit 

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