All Browns fans can well remember this one. It was exactly 10 years ago since the beginning of the end of the real, true Cleveland Browns began. It was the day that Art Modell and then coach Bill Belicheck cut starting Quarterback Bernie Kosar. Kosar, raised in northeast Ohio, a National Champion at Miami, and the guy who said he wanted to play in Cleveland, was uncerimoniously dumped because of "diminishing skills". He went on to play that year with the Cowboys, subbing for an injured Troy Aikmen, and was a late-season key to the 'Boys run to a Super Bowl.
After the Browns cut Kosar, and unbeknownst to everyone at the time, it was the beginning of the end of the Browns as they were known. They were gone from Cleveland two years later, and Cleveland has never accepted the new Browns the way they did the original team.
It's a legend in Cleveland, but I'll bet sports fans in other cities can come up with similar stories of their beloved teams breaking their hearts by dumping a popular player.