NFL  > Cleveland Browns  > Art Modell should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame
September 7, 2012, 01:56 AM
As a Browns fan, let me be the first to say that Art Modell should be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. His vision for the future of the game is what made it what it is today. He made Monday Night Football what it is today and the FACT that he did move the Browns tore out the hearts of Browns fans, but, at the end of the day the Cleveland mayor did not want to hear any part of giving him a new stadium and Baltimore did. It was a no brain business decision. Everything happens for a reason and hopefully the Browns new owner Jimmy Haslem will turn things around and bring us a winner. God knows we've waited long enough.

R.I.P. Art Modell
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September 7, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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....... It's strange how many people in the world who do a lot of good can be remembered for one thing that is perceived negatively...............

Kind of like Ernest Byner...although he rushed for over 200 yards in a game against the Broncos, he is more remembered for "The Fumble", which ended up costing the Browns the game.

September 7, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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I would think it would be a very odd and conflicting thing to be a Cleveland Browns fan. As a diehard L.A. sports fan, I was certain that I had washed my hands of the Rams upon news of their move to St. Louis. I began shopping around the league for a new team to root for. Guess what happened? When the new season started for the St. Louis Rams, I discovered I was a fan of the team, not the city, and am still a diehard Rams fan to this day. What I wonder is if what would have happened if the Rams had changed their name, and some expansion team had started in L.A. with the name the Rams. I suspect I would still be following the original team first, with one eye on the fake Rams.Discuss.

I used to watch the Houston Oilers, but after they moved and eventually became the Titans, it was like a whole 'nother team. Wasn't the same. No more "Luv ya Blue", Earl Campbell, Bum Phillips, etc.

But, that's just me. The Texans just aren't the Oilers, although I do watch them sometimes.

September 7, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I used to watch the Houston Oilers, but after they moved and eventually became the Titans, it was like a whole 'nother team. Wasn't the same. No more "Luv ya Blue", Earl Campbell, Bum Phillips, etc.But, that's just me. The Texans just aren't the Oilers, although I do watch them sometimes.

I will NOT be watching the Miami at Houston game Sunday.

September 7, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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I would think it would be a very odd and conflicting thing to be a Cleveland Browns fan. As a diehard L.A. sports fan, I was certain that I had washed my hands of the Rams upon news of their move to St. Louis. I began shopping around the league for a new team to root for. Guess what happened? When the new season started for the St. Louis Rams, I discovered I was a fan of the team, not the city, and am still a diehard Rams fan to this day. What I wonder is if what would have happened if the Rams had changed their name, and some expansion team had started in L.A. with the name the Rams. I suspect I would still be following the original team first, with one eye on the fake Rams.Discuss.

The Rams were originally the Cleveland Rams before they moved to LA and then to St Louis.

September 7, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Art Modell will be buried in Baltimore County Maryland. If he was buried in Cleveland the fans might dig him up and ship him to Baltimore anyway.

September 7, 2012  11:39 AM ET

Why is everyone arguing??

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September 7, 2012  06:02 PM ET
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Maybe Art would have already gotten in the HOF if it wasn't located in Canton, OH? Even with his passing there are diehard Browns fans that would riot just because of what he did. Now I am a lifelong Browns fan and even with his passing I think it'll take a few more years for him to get in the HOF. Although there's no question he belongs in Canton. Man that was tough for me to say, honestly I didn't like the guy once he took the Browns out of Cleveland.

WAMU,
After Art fired some HCoach? He created another team in Ohio,called the Bengals,so as far as i'm concerned? I was glad [that Arty] kicked him off the team. and the Browns carry his name.

so Arty created another team,[just by firing Paul Brown.]

September 7, 2012  06:16 PM ET

Irsay as well........Right? Indy thanks you alot.

September 7, 2012  06:23 PM ET

Art Modell.helped and hendred, Paul Brown is in the HOF,because like his kindred were all HC's,with a vision.

Vince Lomabardi comes too mind another George Halas and Bill Walsch.come too mind.

September 7, 2012  07:50 PM ET
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Art Modell.helped and hendred, Paul Brown is in the HOF,because like his kindred were all HC's,with a vision.Vince Lomabardi comes too mind another George Halas and Bill Walsch.come too mind.

Don't forget Tom Landry.

September 7, 2012  09:46 PM ET
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Don't forget Tom Landry.

I stand corrected,very true.

 
September 8, 2012  01:13 AM ET

The Cleveland Mayor was GOING TO GIVE Art a stadium. Art was pissed that the Indians were no longer going to be paying him to use the old Municipal, thus keep him afloat for a while longer. The Browns were already scheduled to get a new stadium as part of a project(can't think of the name right now) that also built Jacobs Field and Gund Arena.

He didn't move the team because he couldn't get a stadium, he moved because he was a HORRIBLE businessman that was mad he would had to wait 2 years to get his cash cow because he would've had to sell the team before then, which he had to eventually do in Baltimore anyways.

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