Deceased fan asked for Browns pallbearers so they can “let him down one more time”

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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.

55 responses to “Deceased fan asked for Browns pallbearers so they can “let him down one more time”

  1. “Let him down one more time” I burst out laughing in my cubicle oops. May his soul RIP great sense of humor.

  2. If I owned the team/was the head coach, I would do it. Just for the simple fact of that he was a fan, and it would be a really interesting gesture.

  3. According to the obituary, Entsminger “respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”

    My condolences to his family but that is CLASSIC!

  4. Well another no-win situation for the Browns.

    Regardless if players do or don’t show up they’ll still be letting him down. Good sense of humor by the gentleman and condolences to his family.

  5. As a Ravens fan, I normally give Browns fans a lot of grief. But there is a certain part of me that would like to see them get to and win a Super Bowl. I just experienced my second SB win, first time in person, and I know what it would mean to a guy like Scott.

  6. The Browns should do this, and let it be the last time they let us all down. This will break the curse.

  7. Sorry that the guy died but I had to have a good laugh after reading his request. He should be saluted for having such a good sense of humor.

    Well done sir!

  8. (insert “Earnest-Byner-should-go-but-he-would-just-fumble-the-coffin” joke here)

  9. Condolences to the family. You have lost a man with an original sense of humor. C’mon Browns organization…Do the RIGHT thing!!

  10. Being a lifelong Bengal fan,and having known many Browns fans in my day, I truly feel for Scott. Browns fans are the most loyal,rabid fans that I know! RIP Hate to lose great fan!

  11. This guy had a great sense of humor. Really hope the Browns organization does something nice for his family.

  12. That was classic. I think I am gonna put that on FB. To say, “respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time,” is just brilliant. R.I.P. my good man. You surely brought laughter to others in your final act.

  13. Do they still play the blues in Ohio?
    When Football Season rolls around.
    When the sun goes away,
    Do the Brownies still play,
    In their dirt encrusted burial ground?
    When I was a boy, they was my pride and joy,
    But, now, they only bring fatigue.
    From the Home of the Brave,
    The Land of the Free,
    And the Doormat of the National (Football) League.

  14. gb4mn0 says:
    Jul 8, 2013 12:21 PM
    Soon this will be a trend in MN.
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    I look forward to seeing how ridiculous packer fans are during their reality show. I have my popcorn ready.

  15. That’s beautiful. The world is a lesser place when a person like Mr. Entsminger leaves it.

  16. @baywolfe says:Jul 8, 2013 1:06 PM
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    Kudo’s for the Stevie Goodman post.

    Watch Kellen Winslow drop a routine pass…….and I’ll be ready to die!!!

  17. I’ve read a lot of funny posts on this site, that one ranks right up near the top.

    It’s too bad the world lost someone with such a great sense of humor.

    Would have loved to have met him in person.

  18. baywolfe – I actually looked up the Steve Goodman lyrics to see if he used that joke in the song. (For those of you who aren’t Cubs fans, look up “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” by Steve Goodman.)

  19. You want to talk about a big fan… This guy gets the trophy! Not only did you air your grievances, give your team’s leaders and owner a kick in the rear to get them in gear, but you gave hundreds of thousands of NFL Fans a few minutes of happy laughter. RIP Brother.

  20. I’d bet anything that this guy has dickhead relatives from Steubenville that will show up in their Steeler gear. RIP Browns fan.

  21. contra74 says:
    Jul 8, 2013 1:07 PM
    gb4mn0 says:
    Jul 8, 2013 12:21 PM
    Soon this will be a trend in MN.
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    I look forward to seeing how ridiculous packer fans are during their reality show. I have my popcorn ready.

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    And the entire football universe will be sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to hear from c_ntra-u the self proclaimed finally authority on all thing football. After all you played football “all the way up to the NCAA level.” What a joke!

  22. RIP and respect from a fellow Browns Fan. I hear that, in Heaven, the Browns win the Super Bowl every year. Here’s to an eternity of joy and happiness…Cheers!

  23. steeler fan here. if your any type of football fan you know this story is a classic……i lost my gut when i read this, lmfao!!! it is what it is! rip realist!!

  24. @ camdenyard

    “I just expeienced my second SB win”

    Really? It is bad enough when a fan uses “we” when speaking about a favorite team, but you take it to an even lower level. What role did you play with the team, head jock washer?

  25. When your team is that inept with one of the worst owners in the league (Jurrah Jones currently holds the title), you have to have a sense of humor or you’ll go crazy.

  26. They should seriously do this to break the curse of ineptitude. Your starting 6 pallbearers: Randy Lerner, Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmer. Carmen Policy, Dwight Clark, Pete Garcia, Phil Savage, George Kokinis or Mike Holmgren can sub if anyone can’t make it/chickens out.

  27. @luxinterior78:

    When you spend megabucks on PSLs, season tickets, parking, gear etc. and then thousands on the Super Bowl, you win the right to say “we”.

  28. The irony here is that if the Browns didn’t send any pallbearers to his funeral, they’d STILL be letting him down.

    RIP Scott Entsmiger. You are truly (and literally) a die hard fan.

  29. RIP, my man. The world needs more people like you with a good sense of humor, who can pull a great line even at his funeral. That takes talent. I hope the Browns supply the pallbearers.

  30. The team actually responded. They weren’t able to send players because the team hasn’t officially convened for camp, but they are send an authentic jersey of his favorite player: Lou “The Toe” Groza.

    I give Browns fans as much grief as anyone, but you can’t question that dedication.

  31. camdenyard says: Jul 8, 2013 3:48 PM

    @luxinterior78:

    When you spend megabucks on PSLs, season tickets, parking, gear etc. and then thousands on the Super Bowl, you win the right to say “we”.

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    No, you don’t. Unless you receive a paycheck with that teams name at the top, you don’t get to say we. And you spend that much money you prove the adage “A fool and his money are soon parted.” How much money you spend does not determine how much of a fan you are, and any moron who say we when talking about their team instantly loses all credibility. You are a slack-jawed homer who is living vicariously through a bunch of grown men playing a child’s game. Good luck with that.

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