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Bernie Kosar tells Cleveland Magazine he has liver disease, Parkinson’s

Bernie Kosar has endured many medical challenges during and after his career with the Browns.

He revealed he’s facing perhaps his greatest health difficulties.

Kosar, 60, is suffering from liver failure and has Parkinson’s disease, he told Cleveland Magazine in a story released Tuesday.

He played quarterback for the Browns from 1985-93.


Kosar was placed on the liver transplant list in late spring, according to the article. Dr. Anthony Post, a hepatologist for University Hospitals who has been treating Kosar, said he’s improved rapidly since the beginning of the year.

“Liver disease does tend to fluctuate,” Post told Cleveland Magazine. “So he’s on that wave thing where it goes up and down. He’s in a good phase right now, but anything bad could happen.”

Post and another of Kosar’s doctors, Dr. Michael Roizen, said surgery will likely be needed eventually. He was diagnosed with cirrhosis about 16 months ago.

Kosar said he was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves, by an independent NFL doctor in mid-February.

Since his final NFL season in 1996, Kosar has talked repeatedly about the high number of concussions he sustained during his career and the many surgeries he’s had during and after his playing days.

“Very Thankful for My Team of Doctors and Everyones Wishes,” Kosar posted on X with a link to the article. “Thinking Positive Thoughts.”

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