Posted by Andy Benoit
The Cleveland Browns will be inducting the first 16 members in their Ring of Honor on September 19 (why they’re cramming all 16 into once ceremony is hard to explain…)
The greatest Brown – and perhaps greatest player of all time –Jim Brown, will not be on hand. Brown claims he has another commitment, though speculation is he is miffed at the organization from removing him from his position as executive advisor to owner Randy Lerner.
Mike Holmgren addressed the issue in a recent article by Pat McManamon of Fanhouse.
"We had a very good conversation," Holmgren said. "I'm hopeful he can be there. Jim Brown is synonymous with the Cleveland Browns, one of the great players in the National Football League. This will be a great celebration for all of us and the 16 families on that day and I trust he'll be part of that."
Brown said on Syracuse’s 1260 The Score, "I've been very quiet about my situation in Cleveland. Sometimes when you comment on things, all you do is create problems. And the last thing I want to do is create problems for anyone or especially disrupt the team or ownership or the plans of other people.
"But on the other hand, as an individual, I have plans of my own. I have a dignity and character of my own that I also protect. So I don't really need to comment on where I go, why I go, why I don't go. And all the people that are involved should be doing all the commenting. Because they're the ones with the power. I'm just an individual that played football and worked for the Browns for a while.''
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