No moment of silence for art modell in Cleveland

Written by: Matt Sympson

Sept. 6 was a sad day for the world of football, as legendary NFL
owner and businessman Art Modell died.

Modell owned the Cleveland Browns from 1961 to 1995, and in 1996
relocated the team to Maryland to become the Baltimore Ravens causing Modell to become one of the most hated figures in Cleveland sports history.

Sunday marked week one of the 2012 NFL season. Out of respect for
Modell and his family, the NFL asked all teams to have a moment of
silence… except the Cleveland Browns.

The Modell family requested that a moment of silence not be taken
before the beginning of the Browns game, because of the anger and hate
that fans might express toward Modell.

According to, Browns president Mike Holmgren
acknowledged not taking a moment of silence for Modell.

“We want to do the right thing by the Modell family,” Holmgren told
Modell’s son David.

David didn’t think that the Cleveland fans would pay tribute to
Modell, but instead show anger that they’ve built up for 17 years now.