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Family requests Browns cancel Art Modell tribute

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11:41 AM ET 09.09 | The Browns will not be publicly recognizing Art Modell's passing during their pre-game activities at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday. Browns President Mike Holmgren reached out to Modell's son, David, and said 'we want to do the right thing by the Modell family,'' according to Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne. "David told Mike that he really appreciated the call and the offer, but that he knew it would not be totally accepted by the Cleveland fans,'' Byrne said. "David suggested that the Browns not do a tribute.'' The Browns received a backlash from angry fans when they announced Friday that they would have an "appropriate recognition'' Sunday before the home opener against the Eagles.

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September 9, 2012  11:44 AM ET

Still angry? Sheesh!

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September 9, 2012  11:48 AM ET

Somehow... I can't see "a moment of silence" being very silent.

September 9, 2012  11:49 AM ET

Sometimes even death isn't enough to dispel a grudge.

September 9, 2012  11:51 AM ET
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Still angry? Sheesh!

If they mean to wipe out his entire legacy, I guess that means we can grant the 1964 championship to the Baltimore Colts.

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September 9, 2012  12:38 PM ET
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Still angry? Sheesh!

Typical Browns fans.

September 9, 2012  12:40 PM ET
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I find it quite sad ,.......goes to show you there can't be much going on in cleveland [?].......* other than betty white's cable-show.

The Rock n Roll HOF is in Cleveland.

September 9, 2012  12:57 PM ET

It was Dan Reeves, NOT Art" mo bucks" Modell who brought professional football to Cleveland and their first NFL Championship.

He wanted out of Cleveland, he got out. And that is that.

September 9, 2012  01:02 PM ET

Guess this will put a damper on the 'let's forgive LeBron movement.'. God forgives, Cleveland doesn't.

September 9, 2012  01:11 PM ET
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It was Dan Reeves, NOT Art" mo bucks" Modell who brought professional football to Cleveland and their first NFL Championship.He wanted out of Cleveland, he got out. And that is that.

Modell bought the Browns in 1962.

September 9, 2012  01:41 PM ET
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Modell bought the Browns in 1962.

Dan Reeves owned the Cleveland Rams when they won the NFL Championship in 1945. He then moved the team to Los Angeles.

September 9, 2012  02:11 PM ET

Stay classy, Cleveland!

September 9, 2012  02:21 PM ET
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Dan Reeves owned the Cleveland Rams when they won the NFL Championship in 1945. He then moved the team to Los Angeles.

Cleveland lost two NFL teams.

September 9, 2012  02:48 PM ET

This is a smart move. Browns did the right PR thing, but I think they knew Modells family would tell them thanks but no thanks. Modell knew he was destroying whatever good he had done in Cleveland when he moved.

September 9, 2012  03:01 PM ET

Like Philly fans.. Cleveland fans have no class

Modell left since the city wouldn't help out with a new stadium and everyone knew he was losing money with the team keeping it in Cleveland playing in that run-down stadium

September 9, 2012  03:56 PM ET
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I would have liked to have seen boos during a memorial.

That would be an interesting scenario...

 
September 9, 2012  04:46 PM ET
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Like Philly fans.. Cleveland fans have no classModell left since the city wouldn't help out with a new stadium and everyone knew he was losing money with the team keeping it in Cleveland playing in that run-down stadium

Sounds like a hangover from the LeBron debacle... Mr Modell did alot for the NFL, much more than Cleveland ever did... Cleveland is much like Philadelphia....

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