Bernie Kosar was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in the Cleveland area early this morning.
Police officers in Solon, Ohio, who pulled over the former Cleveland Browns quarterback for speeding at about 2:45 am reportedly smelled alcohol, ESPN reports.
According to Cleveland.com, Kosar, 49, “took sobriety tests, and was then taken to the Solon Police Department without incident.” No one else was in the vehicle at the time. He posted a $500 bond and is due back in Bedford Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Cleveland.com separately reported that Kosar “is no stranger to controversy and “has occasionally slurred his words and appeared intoxicated in public and during interviews, but has attributed many of his problems to multiple concussions he suffered as an NFL quarterback.” He’s also encountered a number of financial problems as a retired athlete.
In January, Kosar claimed that he received relief from brain trauma after treatments from Dr. Rick Sponaugle in Florida. Kosar estimates that he suffered at least 12 concussions while an active NFL player.
An Ohio native, Kosar played for the Browns from 1985 to 1993, for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, and then the Miami Dolphins from 1994 to 1996 after which he retired. He earned a Super Bowl ring as Cowboys QB Troy Aikman’s backup in the Dallas victory over the Buffalo Bills. He led the Browns to three AFC championship games, but lost to the Denver Broncos each time. “Kosar set a record for most consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes, doing it three times from 1988-1990,” the New York Daily News reports, a record that has been matched only by Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers, and Joe Flacco.
Last month, the Cleveland Browns told the quarterback turned sports broadcaster to tone down critical comments of other teams after he pronounced the St. Louis Rams “horrible” on the air during a preseason telecast..
Kosar is shown in the above photo meeting with sailors in the press booth during a Cleveland Browns preseason game in 2006.
[image credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason J. Perry]