Miles Austin hasn’t been in Cleveland for long, but he knows how to ingratiate himself on the locals.
According to Mark Munch Bishop of ESPN Cleveland, the new Browns wide receiver asked former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar for permission to wear his old 19, which Kosar granted.
The number isn’t retired by the Browns, but former wideout Frisman Jackson wore it for one season (2004), and was given 88 the following year without explanation. No one else has worn it since Kosar hung it up following the 1993 season
Kosar said he was impressed by the graciousness of Austin’s request, writing on Twitter: “His Respect& Appreciation of The Game IS AWESOME!”
That will give Browns fans a chance to dust off those old 19 jerseys, which might be the second-most popular in the stadium next year.