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The Cleveland Browns had announced on Friday that they planned to conduct an appropriate recognition on the passing of Art Modell before todays regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Saturday the Browns cancelled those plans. David Modell, stepson of Art and former president of the Baltimore Ravens, requested that the Browns drop their plans because he felt the potential for Cleveland fans to act rudely and boo during a moment of silence for the recently deceased NFL pioneer. Many Cleveland fans are still upset with Art Modell for moving the original Browns franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996. Baltimore Ravens spokesperson Kevin Byrne told Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, “David Modell appreciated Mike Holmgren’s offer of a P.A. read, but David knew it would not be well received.” The Browns will be the only home team in the NFL that won’t be honoring Modell during their season openers on Sunday or Monday.

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