Brandon Bostick: Earnest Byner has been a life coach
By Dan Hanzus
Around the NFL Writer
March 21, 2015
ays he’s moved on from the NFC Championship Game and his time with the Packers. The tight end is now a member of the Vikings, a team that will give him two chances per year to prove to Green Bay it made a mistake in letting him go.
But try as he might, Bostick will never completely distance himself from his failed onside kick recovery attempt against the Seahawks on Jan. 18. He received death threats in the aftermath of the overtime loss, and you can safely assume he’ll continue to hear about the play from opposing fans as long as he plays football….
Earnest Byner tries to help ease Brandon Bostick’s anguish
February, 27, 2015
By Pat McManamon | ESPN.com
Published in 2014, it is the ultimate statement by Earnest Byner, the former Cleveland Browns running back involved in the play that has gone down in Browns history as merely “The Fumble.
Earnest Byner’s fumble in the 1988 AFC Championship game haunted him for over a year until he left Cleveland.
Byner’s miscue at the goal line late in the Jan. 1988 AFC Championship Game in Denver came as he was about to score to tie the game. It still hurts Browns fans, and it left Byner feeling like he was drowning…….
Earnest Byner connects with Brandon Bostick after similar experience
Former Brown shares experience, encouragement with former Packer TE
For Earnest Byner, the play didn’t immediately trigger the memories. It was the words.
Byner was watching the NFC Championship with millions of other NFL fans when Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick bobbled an onside kick that Seattle recovered and used as a launching pad toward a stunning overtime victory. The firestorm directed at Bostick, thanks to the 24-hour news cycle and instantaneous nature of social media, was immediate, fierce and included numerous death threats…..
Earnest Byner’s fumble recovery is by far his most impressive play
Posted by Darin Gantt on February 27, 2015, 7:51 AM EST
Former Packers tight end Brandon Bostick became a historical footnote (and a former Packer) by mishandling an onside kick in the NFC Championship Game.
And the now-Vikings tight end said yesterday that another player with a famous mistake, Earnest Byner, had helped him through the last few weeks of guilt.
For Byner, the decision to reach out was an easy one, after the years he’s lived with “The Fumble.”…….
Former Cleveland Browns RB Earnest Byner mentors NFL player trying to cope with key playoff fumble
By February 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM
February 26, 2015 at 6:47 PM, updated
BEREA, Ohio — Earnest Byner saw Brandon Bostick fumble an onside kick that helped cost his team a trip to the Super Bowl.
If anyone watching the NFC Championship Game last month could relate to such a crucial mistake it was Byner, the 52-year-old former Browns running back.
Earnest Byner, others on overcoming adversity in Hall of Fame Black History Month panel
February 12, 2015