The Browns were born in 1946, the year after the end of World War II. Veterans were returning home, and what did the Browns do but play for a championship 10 years in a row — four in the All-American Conference and six in the NFL.
A rather small event but the character of the man was emerging.
Three Cleveland Indians' owners, Vernon Stouffer, Ted Bonda, and Steve O'Neill had the chance to sell the Indians for more money, but they chose to sell to people that would keep the team in Cleveland. That is called class.
If Mr. Modell had financial problems, he could have sold the team to a Clevelander and retired from football, thereby keeping his standing in he community. He was over 70 years old. He was on the board of The Cleveland Clinic and other charitable institutions.