MANSFIELD, Ohio– A dying man made a unique request through his obituary involving his favorite football team and pallbearers.
Scott Entsminger, 55, was a lifelong, die-hard Cleveland Browns fan who went to every game with his older brother, Bill Entsminger.
Like all Browns fans, they were notoriously loyal and not afraid of poking fun at themselves or their beloved team.
For decades, Scott, who was also a musician, would write and record funny songs or writer letters to the Browns management suggesting ideas to make the team better.
“He enjoyed it,” said Bill Entsminger. “It was in the spirit of fun, never mean spirited at all, always a let’s go browns attitude he had.”
Scott’s favorite player was hall of famer #76 Lou Groza.
And his favorite memory was the thrilling double overtime matchup between the Browns and NY Jets in the late 1980s.
“It’s hard to surpass that,” said Bill. “But, you know we’ve been to the bottle gate game, the bean bag game.”
They hoped to see one more game together, but sadly Scott was recently diagnosed with cancer and quickly succumbed to the disease at his home in Mansfield on July 4.
However, the game wasn’t quite over yet for Scott.
He left behind a little something for his favorite team in his obituary.
It was meant as a joke for family and friends when Scott wrote that, “He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pallbearers so the browns can let him down one last time.”
The humorous remark spread quickly over the internet and soon was being talked about on various websites and in news reports, including FOX 8 News.
And that’s not all.
The obit made it all the way to the Browns front office.
“Actually we were very surprised by it and I think the family was very surprised too,” said Scott Baltzell, Wappner Funeral Home Director. ”The Browns did call and talked with Pat (Scott’s widow) and they are supposedly going to be visiting the family.”
The Browns told FOX 8’s Suzanne Stratford that they understand that the obit was a joke, but they also have tremendous admiration and gratitude for long-time fans like Scott. Although it’s highly unusual they’re planning something special for Scott’s loved ones at his memorial service.
The family is overwhelmed by the gesture, but they are also extremely pleased that Scott will get a proper sendoff from everyone he loved so much in life, including his Cleveland Browns.
“We’re kind of taken aback by all the attention, but we’re looking at it as a tribute to Scott,” said Bill Entsminger.
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Life Celebration Reception Center on 129 S. Main Street in Mansfield.
Friends may call an hour before the service and everyone is asked to wear their best brown and orange attire.