The Cleveland Browns have decided not to have a moment of silence or acknowledge the death of Art Modell prior to Sunday's game against Philadelphia at Cleveland Browns Stadium
According to multiple reports, the Browns had planned to read a tribute over the public address system about Modell, but after team president Mike Holmgren met with Modell's son, David, the Browns decided to cancel the plans at the request of the Modell family.
"David told Mike that he really appreciated the call and the offer, but that he knew it would not be totally accepted by the Cleveland fans,'' Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne told The Plain Dealer.
It's the right move as there is no telling what the fan reaction would have been if the Browns tried to have a moment of silence or something in reference to the former owner that moved the team to Baltimore following the 1995 season. Of course, the team will probably still be criticized for not doing something, but that is better than the media backlash that would resulted if 70,000+ people booed during the tribute.
The NFL has asked all its teams to observe a moment of silence or acknowledge Modell, who owned the Browns from 1961-95.