The Cleveland Browns plan to recognize late owner Art Modell at Sunday’s season opener.
Modell, who died Thursday at the age of 87, remains a vilified figure here for moving the Browns to Baltimore in 1995. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team will pay ”appropriate recognition” to Modell when the Browns play the Philadelphia Eagles. Gulkis said plans have not been finalized, but that the team is prepared to pay tribute to Modell, who owned the Browns from 1961-95.
Gulkis said the Browns intend to ”show respect and dignity for Modell’s family, the fans and community.”
The team is being sensitive to both Modell’s passing and its passionate fans, many of whom have not forgiven him for moving the franchise.
The Baltimore Ravens scheduled a silent tribute to Modell on Saturday morning at M&T Bank Stadium. Modell’s casket will be placed on the field, and a card saluting him will be given to everyone who attends.
The Lombardi Trophy presented to the team after their Super Bowl XXXV victory will be placed beside his casket.
The NFL has requested that all teams observe a moment of silence or other appropriate gestures in memory of Modell this week.