CNN reports Bernie Kosar the famed Cleveland Browns quarterback has been arrested for driving under the influence. According to reports, Bernie Kosar was stopped for speeding in Solon, Ohio, early this morning at 2:42 a.m. He was arrested on Route 422 after police officers, "smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle." Kosar was given a field sobriety test and later taken into police custody by the Solon Police Department without incident.
Bernie Kosar has a history of drinking problems
Apparently Bernie Kosar has struggled in the past with alcohol and pain addiction. According to an interview with Dan Le Batard ofThe Miami Herald, Kosar admitted he did struggle with pain medication and alcohol in the past. Bernie Kosar also has had financial difficulties and a contentious divorce, although he claimed in the interview many of the reports about his behavior were exaggerated.
Would my kids be living with me if that were really the case?" he asked. "If I did 10 percent of things I'm accused of, I'd be dead."
Kosar was alone in the car at the time of the arrest and did not respond to calls for a comment. If convicted of DUI Kosar could face three days to six months in jail, mandatory attendance in a driver intervention program, a license suspension from six months to three years, and fines of $250 to $1,000.
Who is Bernie Kosar?
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Kosar was born in Ohio, reared in Boardman and attended Boardman High School. He was recognized in 1982 in as an All-American in Parade magazine for his football skills, although he was also a good baseball player. He later played football at the University of Miami and started all 12 games as a freshman in 1983, eventually leading Miami to its first national championship in the Orange Bowl.
Bernie Kosar played for the Cleveland Browns and easily became one of the most popular players due to his skills and friendliness with fans. Football critics criticized is strange unwieldy sidearm motion but admitted he did throw with a high rate of accuracy and few errors. He was famous for holding the league throwing record of 308 consecutive passes without an interception which was not beaten until December 26, 2010, by Tom Brady.
After his release from the Browns, Kosar was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys where he played back-up for an injured Troy Aikman. He won his only Super Bowl in 1993 with Dallas as a back-up quarterback. Bernie Kosar finished his football career as a back-up quarterback to Dan Marino playing for the Miami Dolphins. When he finished his career he had completed 1,994 of 3,365 passes for 23,301 yards, 124 touchdowns and 87 interceptions.