Miles Austin to wear No. 19 with Bernie Kosar’s permission


WKYC and the Cleveland Browns may not value Bernie Kosar’s thoughts these days, but that didn’t stop the recently acquired Miles Austin from reaching out to the local legend. Austin, who wore No. 19 in seven of his eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, will reportedly wear it in Cleveland as Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Goup confirms that Austin reached out to the former Browns quarterback to obtain permission to wear said number this season.

Upon signing Austin, speculation swirled regarding the jersey number of choice, but Kosar took to Twitter to let fans know that the two had spoken.

Miles will be only the second Browns player since Bernie’s infamous release to wear the No. 19 on his jersey. Frisman Jackson, another cup-of-coffee Browns wideout, wore No. 19 in 2004, but the organization reportedly switched him to No. 88 after only one season without giving the wide receiver a reason.

This past April, the Browns and their broadcast partner WKYC removed Kosar from the team’s play-by-play booth, citing different opportunities to hear from the former quarterback. To this point, those opportunities have occurred only on Twitter.

  • Woods

    So, everyone involved “stayed classy”. Well done!

  • Garry_Owen

    Why did he have to get Bernie’s permission? Does Bernie own the number 19? Did JFF have to check in with Tim Couch?


  • MrCleaveland

    As I’m sure you’re well aware, my boy, it was just common courtesy. A little deference to the local legend. Miles was just paying his respects. Nothing wrong with that. No need to go all Internet Commenter.

  • Garry_Owen

    So it’s kind of like asking your girlfriend’s dad for permission to marry her? You’re going to do it anyway (and there’s no way he’s really going to stop you, particularly considering that she’s already an adult and doesn’t really belong to anyone), but you want to set his mind at ease that you really are a good guy (even though you really may not be)? So “permission” is a sloppy way of saying “blessing.” Got it.

    Okay, okay. I’ll back off. I guess I can’t expect this world to ever be careful with language.

    But as for the “Internet Commenter” jab, allow me to say:

    YOUR A IDIOT!!!11!!

  • MrCleaveland

    If you’ll permit me to say, I resemble that remark.

    BTW, this also shows that Miles Austin, who’s been with us all of a week, has a greater feel for Browns tradition and Browns fans than Haslam does.

  • Garry_Owen

    I know! Like what’s this “trying to win football games” trash? What about our storied tradition of losing??

  • MrCleaveland

    Isn’t there a dog around that you can kick? Or maybe a Cub Scout you can give the finger to? Or moon a nun?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Wait, did he say he only wanted #19 as long as it was on new “cutting-edge” uniforms?

  • Garry_Owen

    This is much more fun. Dogs, Cub Scouts, and nuns are low-hanging fruit for amateurs. Internet intimidation is the big time.

  • CB Everett

    Yesterday I asked Bernie’s permission to write the date. Take note and learn some respect, youngster!

    Also, after all of life’s downpours, methinks poor Bernie was just grateful someone asked for his blessing.

  • Rowan Roy

    So, everyone involved “stayed classy”. Well done http://bit.ly/1giOsmK

  • mgbode

    that comment demonstrates that you haven’t had interactions with nuns. they will knock take such grief lightly.