MANSFIELD, Ohio– A Mansfield man made national headlines for what was written in his obituary about his favorite football team. On Tuesday, his family got quite a surprise.
55-year-old Scott Entsminger of Mansfield loved three things: his family, his music and the Cleveland Browns.
“He wrote letters to Cleveland all the time, told them how to run the team, what kind of uniforms to get; so he was really into it as a fan,” said Mike Gates, who worked with Scott for many years.
Scott was so into the Browns, he would drive up from Mansfield every Sunday to see his favorite team play. He sat in section 144, row 27. He was a season ticket holder for the past 17 years.
“I guess only the good die young and God wanted him up there. Maybe God is even a Cleveland Browns fan and maybe that is why he took him,” Mike O’Brien said about his friend.
Scott passed away after a short battle with pancreatic and esophageal cancer.
His memorial service was held Tuesday in Mansfield.
His obituary made national news after he respectfully requested six Cleveland Browns pallbearers at his funeral, so the Browns could let him down one last time.
“I know he wanted to get one last zing in there,” said Scott’s son, Aaron. “I don’t think he had any idea it would be like this.”
If you’re wondering about that obituary and who it was written by, well, it was actually written by Scott just days before he passed away and nobody thought it would get the kind of response that it did.
“What we thought was going to be a random obituary and now it has turned into some worldwide, totally insane thing that none of us expected,” said Aaron.
The response reached all the way to the Cleveland Browns who not only sent flowers to the family in Scott’s honor, but a representative from the team delivered a personalized jersey to Scott’s wife bearing his favorite player, Lou Groza’s number 76 on it.
“We were lucky enough to be here today to present the family with a Lou Groza numbered jersey 76 with Scott’s last name on the back,” said Michele DeScioli, Browns Backer Manager. “It was the least we could do for a long-time season ticket holder, life-long Browns backer and we are just happy that we are able to be here with the family today to celebrate Scott’s life with them.”
Now Scott’s son, Aaron, has one more wish for the Browns: “Hopefully the Browns, if you’re listening, at least make it to the playoffs this year that is all I’m asking, for my dad,” he said.