MANSFIELD,Ohio - Bill Entsminger accepted countless hugs from family and long-time friends at his brother Scott's funeral service Tuesday. He was wearing a Browns jersey, of course.
Bill and his brother held season tickets together to all Browns games since 1999. Together, they had been fans since the early 1960s when winning championships was a reality. Scott always had on his favorite Browns player's jersey, Lou Groza.
"Scott was very old school, Lou Groza was one of his favorite players," Bill Entsminger said.
When Scott heard of his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, he quickly wrote an obituary that, of course, included the Browns. Long known for his kind heart and sense of humor, Bill said that Scott wrote, "I respectfully request six Cleveland Browns pallbearers so the Browns can let me down one more time."
"It wasn't in a mean tone, Scott wasn't like that. It was a wink-wink, tongue-in-cheek way to have a sense of humor as a Browns fan," Bill Entsminger said.
"The joke would have been on the Browns had they actually showed up with six players because Scott was cremated, but would have loved to have seen them here anyway."
Scott shared his love of the Browns with his fellow workers at General Motors for 32 years. Mike O'Brien remembered time at work with Scott talking of heartbreak after Browns games.
"He loved the Browns, that's for sure. His spirit will be in the Dawg Pound this season. Maybe it will be the final push the Browns need for this season," O'Brien said.
Per Scott's wish, almost everyone came to his final brown-and-orange gathering dressed in Browns gear.
"A fitting end to a great day for a great guy," said Scott's son, Aaron. "My best memories were sitting with my dad for the games I got to have a ticket. I'm too young to appreciate who Lou Groza was, but this jersey was my dad's favorite."
On Monday, the Cleveland Browns told NewsChannel5 they reached out to Scott's family and offered their condolences. The team also said they would present his family with a number 76 jersey during the memorial service.