Bernie Kosar and Baker Mayfield, two former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks, share a unique honor.
Baker Mayfield is all the rage right now, ironic. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback led the Los Angeles Rams to two late-fourth-quarter touchdowns and the eventual win, on just two days of practice. It’s never been done before, at least not on two days’ notice and not with a game-winning drive.
But it has happened before. Enter another former Cleveland Browns player and beloved quarterback by all, Bernie Kosar.
Everyone knows what the date of Nov. 6, 1993 means; it was the day the beloved hometown hero got cut by the team. Yet, on No. 8, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, who would go on to win the Super Bowl that season. The Cowboys picked up Kosar due to injury issues with Troy Aikman.
Bernie Kosar and Baker Mayfield share some unique history
Kosar would come in off the streets with just four days of practice and start for the Cowboys in what would end up being a 20-15 win. Kosar played well enough, passing for 199 yards, and a touchdown but unlike Mayfield’s performance, it wasn’t Kosar who powered the Cowboys that night.
Emmit Smith had 182 total yards that game, with 102 coming from receptions. Smith took over the game and helped the Cowboys take the early lead, never relenting. Their opponents on that day, the Arizona Cardinals (then Phoenix), made it a close game but it wasn’t to be and Kosar gets credit for the win on just four days’ notice.
The ironic thing is both Mayfield and Kosar were playing badly when they got moved on from. It’s an unfortunate thing but it happens. So to see both men, do very similar things, 30 seasons apart, is a very wild thing to witness.
Mayfield’s outing is just a bit more impressive, only because he was the focal point of the offense for the Rams, and Kosar was watching the Emmitt Smith Show in hits heydey but both should be given the appreciation they deserve.