Browns fan takes final jab at franchise

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan lives a longstanding joke by asking the Browns to provide pall bearers to his funeral.

It's a punchline to a popular joke. "I want the (insert team name here) to be the pall bearers at my funeral, so they can let me down one last time.

Hilarity ensues.

Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, made the joke a reality.

A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, Entsminger died July 4, and in his will, requested specifically "respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time."

A report from the Columbus Dispatch (and credited by ESPN.com) said Entsminger was a Browns season-ticket holder, and would write a song each year for the team, along with giving it advice on how it should be run. There's no specific mention on whether he felt the Browns most recent draft was up to Entsminger's standards, but he did get to witness one final (rare) Browns win over the Steelers this past season.

With all due respect to the dead, the hope here is Entsminger was planning to get my exact reaction when I read this story.

I broke out laughing. May he rest in peace.

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