It should come as no surprise to anyone who spends time on PFT Planet that football fans have very strong connections to their favorite teams.
Those connections don’t always end when a fan shuffles off the mortal coil. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post has a story about the family of a Redskins fan who died last week buying him a Robert Griffin III jersey to wear in his coffin because Mark Lindamood had been holding off on buying one of his own to avoid jinxing the Redskins signal caller. And Will Brinson of CBSSports.com passes along a story about the final wish of another fan.
Scott Entsminger, who died at the age of 55 last Thursday, is described in his Columbus Dispatch obituary as a lifelong Browns fan and musician who sent a song to the team every year along with his advice for moves that the team should make in the coming year. His family used the obit to encourage friends and family to wear Browns gear to his memorial service and they’d also like to see some members of the team there to help fulfill a final wish that shows Entsminger never lost his sense of humor or his memory of what recent history has meant to fans of the franchise.
According to the obituary, Entsminger “respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
We offer our condolences to Entsminger’s family and salute them for airing one last grievance of a fan who clearly loved his football team to the very end.