Cleveland Browns Fan's Obituary Asks That Players Attend His Funeral

Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 07:56 AM

By Megan Anderle

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A departed lifelong Cleveland Browns fan is getting the last laugh, with a request in his obituary that players from his favorite team lay him to rest.

Scott E. Entsminger "respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time," according to his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch.

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Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, died on July 4. Entsminger, a Columbus native, was a musician and a Browns season-ticket holder who wrote a song for the team each year and sent it in, along with his advice on how to run the team.

The family also has requested that "everyone" wear their Browns clothing to Entsminger's funeral on Tuesday.

The family had previously discussed the request that the Browns players attend the funeral, said Bill Entsminger, Scott’s 61-year-old brother and fellow Browns season-ticket holder.

“We had kicked that around before. It was nudge-nudge, wink-wink, whichever one of us goes first,” he said. “He would have loved it. He was the kind of guy who would write the Browns’ front office — ‘I know you’re considering new uniform colors, and I think you should consider plaid.’  ”

Bill Entsminger said he heard that a representative of the team’s Browns Backers would attend Tuesday's 2 p.m. memorial service and will present a jersey, Hall of Famer Lou Groza's. Groza was Entsminger's favorite player. The jersey will have Entsminger's name on the back, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“Scott was kind of an old-school Browns fan,” Bill Entsminger said. “He liked to honor the older players."

Aside from being a diehard Browns fan, Entsminger was retired from General Motors after 32 years and loved playing the guitar. He was a member of a ’50s and ’60s band called Old Fogies Band.

Entsminger is not the first to want his team honored at his funeral.

Mark Lindamood passed away of cardiac arrest last week at the age of 33 in Washington, D.C., and was buried in the jersey of his favorite player, Robert Griffin III, and attendees were encouraged to wear their own jerseys.

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