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Bernie Kosar to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Sports Desk | 1/15/2014, 10:08 a.m.
Chris Carter

Legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this month’s 14th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a sports figure who has made a lasting impact on the Cleveland community.

The event will be held on Thursday, January 23 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom.

“I am humbled and honored to be given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Kosar. “I want to thank the Cleveland community for their unwavering support. Cleveland is a special place made up of special people and it will always be home.”

Kosar, a native of Youngstown, became a Cleveland icon almost as soon as he was drafted by the Browns in 1985. Taking over the starting position midway through his rookie season, Kosar quickly cemented himself as one of the National Football League’s top signal-callers.

Kosar led the Browns to the AFC Championship three times during his career and was named to the 1987 Pro Bowl. He also set the NFL record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception (308).

Since retiring, Kosar has maintained an active presence in the Cleveland community. Along with serving as the color commentator for Brown’s pre-season games, Kosar hosted a charity golf tournament for many years. Kosar also played a major role in bringing an Arena Football League franchise to Cleveland.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards honors the best of Cleveland sports and features top sports personalities and athletes, an outstanding memorabilia and experience auction and an exciting dinner and awards show. A limited amount of tables are still available and can be purchased by calling 216-363-1108.

Fans can also purchase an entry into the Golden Ticket raffle drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive a pair of 2014 Indians, 2014 Browns and 2014-2015 Cavalier season tickets. A limited number of 300 entries will be sold and entries are on sale at www.cleveland.com/sportsawards.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Ohio State legend Cris Carter will serve as emcee of the Cleveland Sports Awards. The yearly celebration of Cleveland sports .

“The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards has been blessed with outstanding emcees year after year,” David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission said. “Cris Carter only continues that tradition. As an Ohio native, Pro Football Hall of Famer and outstanding broadcaster, Cris will bring unique experiences to the event and will provide the basis for what is sure to be an outstanding evening of entertainment.”

After an NFL career that spanned 15 years and included eight Pro Bowl selections, Carter was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2013. At the time of his retirement, Carter ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list for total receptions (1,101) and receiving touchdowns (130). He was named to the 1990’s All-Decade Team and received the 1999 NFL Man of the Year Award for his community work.

Since retiring, Carter has made the move to the broadcast studio, where he is well-known for his work as part of ESPN’s NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown studio shows. Prior to joining ESPN, Carter was a studio analyst for HBO’s Inside the NFL from 2002-07, hosted an NFL show on Sirius Satellite Radio and served as a NFL expert analysis for Yahoo Sports.

Carter is a native of Middletown, Ohio and was a football standout at The Ohio State University, where he is enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.