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Modell’s Family Asks the Browns Not to Pay Honor to Art in Pregame Sunday

The Browns will not be publicly recognizing Art Modell‘s passing during their pre-game activities at Cleveland Browns Stadium afterall.

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 reallly 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” at the Stadium Sunday before their opener against the Eagles.

Modell, owner of the Browns from 1961 to 1995, died Thursday morning of natural causes at the age of 87. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure and other serious ailments.

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