Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24: Art Modell, previous owner of of the Baltimore Ravens comes onto the field for halftime celebrations of the ten year Super Bowl anniversary team during the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bills lead the Ravens at the half 24-20. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND -- Avoiding a negative reaction and potentially ugly scene, the Cleveland Browns will honor a request by Art Modell's family and not acknowledge the former owner's death before Sunday's season opener. The Browns had planned an "appropriate recognition" for Modell, who died Thursday at 87. But Modell's son, David, spoke to Browns president Mike Holmgren and asked that the team not do anything to recognize the late owner, who remains vilified by many Cleveland fans for moving his team to Baltimore after the 1995 season. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team will grant the family's wish. Any tribute...
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