After decades of watching his beloved Cleveland Browns prank him with
such tricks as Red Right 88, the Drive and the Fumble, Scott Entsminger got the
Entsminger, 55, a native of Columbus, died on Thursday in Mansfield of pancreatic cancer. His obituary, which appeared in The Dispatch on Sunday, included a one-liner about the Browns: "(Scott) respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time."
Bada boom, bada bing.
"We had kicked that around before. It was nudge-nudge, wink-wink, whichever one of us goes first," said Bill Entsminger, Scott's 61-year-old brother and fellow Browns season-ticket holder.
What began as an inside joke for the family soon went viral on social-media sites as people posted the obituary. ESPN.com even included it on a list of top headlines.
"We didn't do it for that to happen," Bill Entsminger said. "We didn't think anybody outside the family would even read it."
That doesn't mean his brother would not have been pleased with the result.
"He would have loved it," Entsminger said. "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.'"
Scott Entsminger, a guitarist who played in a '50s and '60s band, also sent songs he wrote about the Browns to Cleveland, where they were played on sports-talk radio, according to his brother.
Bill Entsminger said he heard that a representative of the team's Browns Backers would attend today's 2 p.m. memorial service at the Life Celebration Reception Center in Mansfield.
Scott Entsminger grew up in Columbus and graduated from West High School. He moved to Mansfield about 10 years ago to continue working for General Motors.
"Scott was kind of an old-school Browns fan," Bill Entsminger said. "He liked to honor the older players. He wore a No. 76 Lou Groza jersey."
The brothers attended most games since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999.
"This will probably be my last year going," Bill Entsminger said. "It won't be the same going to games without my brother. He was a great guy. I'm going to miss him."
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