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Cleveland Browns fan requests pallbearers from team

NFL fans usually are fans for life. This even can include the afterlife.

Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away on July 4. We'll include one of his dying wishes from his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch below:

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"A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder, he also wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team. He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time," it reads, via

When the Browns heard about Entsminger's request, they contacted his widow, Pat, and found out that his favorite player was Hall of Famer Lou Groza, Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert told The Associated Press.

So well done, Mr. Entsminger. May you rest in peace. (Although we'd suggest not asking Greg Little to handle the duties because he might drop it.)

In Washington, D.C., Mark Lindamood tragically passed away of cardiac arrest last week at the age of 33. A lifelong Redskins fan, according to The Washington Post, Lindamood was buried in his favorite player's jersey: Robert Griffin III. Funeral attendees were encouraged to wear their own jerseys, and much of his family wore Griffin jerseys.

Lindamood's wife, Bridget, originally a Philadelphia Eagles fan, decided to honor her late husband by honoring what he loved: His team.

"Bridget doesn't care about what anyone thinks, how absurd it is, how casual it is," Lindamood's brother, Bryan, told Dan Steinberg. "She doesn't care. She's 100 percent focused on Mark. And she believes that he's upstairs grinning ear to ear at the fact that she's trying so hard to accommodate everything he loves."

UPDATE: Browns representatives presented a Groza No. 76 jersey with Entsminger's name on the back to the family Tuesday.

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