A Cleveland legend: Casey Coleman (1951-2006)

6:59 PM, Nov 27, 2006   |    comments
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Casey loved Cleveland so much that for the last 13 months he has bravely fought pancreatic cancer and given all of us a chance to say goodbye to him. He was right out there in public, right out there on the Browns sideline, knowing that he was running out of time for a miracle cure but he wanted to be with his family first and then his extended family - the Cleveland fans. Casey was truly born to be a sportscaster. He followed in very large footsteps -- those of his dad, Ken, a legendary sportscaster here in Cleveland and all of Ohio and back in Boston as voice of the Red Sox. And Casey was right there with him all the way, proud of his father, hoping that he would watch him inducted some day into the Baseball Hall Of Fame's broadcasting wing. And it couldn't have been easy being compared to your dad all the time but Casey handled that with grace. And yet he made his own way with great years on Cleveland radio, then at WJW Channel 8, then as voice of the Browns, and most recently at WTAM on the "Wills and Coleman Morning Show." Then when the Browns came back in 1999, Casey was named the sideline reporter with Doug Dieken and Jim Donovan on the Browns radio network. Jim says they were a team, and they've now lost a teammate. Doug and Jim would talk to Casey before ever game each Sunday and Casey would tell them, "how about bringing home a winner." What a fight Casey has put up this last year. And yet he looked so peaceful at what was in front of him and what was behind him. Thanks for showing us a portrait of courage, Casey. Thanks for letting us say goodbye. Thanks for being in our lives. To see Jim Donovan's story remembering Casey Coleman, click the "Casey Coleman" link. To hear interviews with Mike Snyder and John Webster, two men who worked closely with Casey Coleman, click the appropriate link.

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