After Obituary, Browns Send Reps, Jersey to Mansfield Fan's Memorial Service
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:07 AM EDT
MANSFIELD (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- Cleveland Browns officials sent representatives to a memorial service on Tuesday to honor the memory of a fan whose obituary made national news because of a good-natured shot directed at the team.
Two Browns representatives personally delivered a jersey to the family of Mansfield resident Scott Entsminger, whose obituary contained the line, "He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pallbearers, so the Browns can let him down one last time."
Entsminger was an avid Browns fan and season ticket holder. The 55-year-old's family members said they included the now-famous line to give Entsminger's friends a chuckle.
Entsminger's sister, Lois Courtright, said her brother was an accomplished musician who wrote songs for the Browns each year, which he sent -- along with opinions about football matters -- to team officials.
Courtright said her brother dressed his dogs in Browns bandanas during each road game, and gave them a treat when the team scored a touchdown. She said her brother joked that the dogs wondered why they were still wearing the bandanas in spite of the team's recent struggles.
Family members said they did not expect the team to send representatives to the memorial service. They believe Entsminger would have loved the gesture.
"The best gift I have today is the outpouring of love from people," Entsminger's wife, Pat, said. "The memory of this day is going to be with us forever."
The jersey presented by the Browns to the family included Entsminger's name and the number 76, in honor of his favorite player, Lou Groza.