Browns 'trying to strike the right balance' in honoring Art Modell Sunday
The NFL requested from all clubs that they honor former owner Art Modell with a moment of silence. This becomes a bit tricky since Modell's not too popular in Cleveland. But the Browns will honor him and are 'trying to strike the right balance' with how they do that.
|Modell will be honored before Cleveland's game, which could get interesting. (Getty Images)|
The NFL requested from all clubs that they honor former owner Art Modell with a moment of silence. This is standard behavior/policy/etc when an NFL legend passes.
But it becomes a bit tricky in Cleveland, where Modell remains an alarmingly unpopular figure. Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns intend to honor Modell anyway on Sunday and are 'trying to strike the right balance' with how they do that.
"We're trying strike the right balance," Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said Friday. "We want to show respect and dignity for Modell's family, the community and the fans."
There is a legitimate chance that if the Browns hold a moment of silence for a man who just died that it will be bet with raucous booing in Cleveland. That's just how Browns fans feel about Modell, and they don't seem particularly intent on ever forgiving him.
Honestly, it's a shame that something like that could happen. Should Browns fans have been angry about Modell moving the team? Yes, of course. But the key there is have been. The man is dead. There is a new team -- and has been a new team -- in Cleveland for some time.
And even if that team hasn't won much since they returned, it's been long enough now for Cleveland fans to do the honorable thing and not boo a dead man when he's given the proper show of respect during a moment of silence before a football game.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our RSS Feed watch Pro Football 360 daily at 3 p.m. ET and NFL newsletter. You can follow Will Brinson on Twitter here: @willbrinson.
Four defensive backs are picked in the final five spots of the first round in Rob Rang's final...
The last version of Will Brinson's 2017 NFL Mock Draft sees the Chiefs land their new franchise...
Character has become such a concern for draft prospects that scouts spend a majority of their...
Also, expect Haason Reddick to go higher than expected and Reuben Foster to be taken on Th...
Plus the Cowboys and Steelers find new cornerbacks late in the first round in Dane Brugler's...
The league appears fully prepared if the Browns decide to pull off a few unexpected trades