Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Jim Brown has cleared the air with the current regime and is also off to a fresh start with the new one.
Brown met with current president Mike Holmgren Saturday before meeting later in the evening with incoming owner Jimmy Haslam III.
Brown had not been around the team for the last 2 years, including skipping the ring of honor ceremony in 2010 following the fallout with Holmgren.
“We had a fantastic meeting from my point of view,” Brown said of his conversation with Haslam. “Very special, very insightful, very open. No trickery, just straight-out honesty. It couldn’t have been a better meeting for me.”
Brown endorsed Haslam’s takeover of the franchise.
“We’re very fortunate to have an individual like [him],” Brown said. “His background with the Steelers is invaluable because that is a top class organization and he was a part of that family.”
Brown, who was removed from his advisory position by Holmgren in 2010, has put the disagreement with Holmgren behind them.
“It was positive,” Brown said. “The interesting thing is that all parties seem to be on the same page from the standpoint of the position that we’re in,” Brown said. “The team has been sold and we’re all fighting for the same thing, which is to win, even those who might not be here.
“So Mike was very gracious in his conversation.”
Brown said that he isn’t concerned about a defined role with his former team. His primary concern is giving Haslam time to settle in as the new owner.
“We’re going to support him without putting any pressure on him to do anything,” Brown said. “With his positive attitude I’m going to support his efforts. At some later date we can talk about a role I can play officially.
“All I want to do is be an asset to his making the proper transition and not be in his way.”
Brown said he was appreciative that Haslam already has taken the time to meet with him prior to even being approved as the new owner of the team by the other NFL owners which won’t come until their meetings in Chicago Oct. 16-17.
Brown came to town to see his former teammate and fellow back Ernie Green inducted into the Legends club Sunday afternoon. He participated in the alumni golf outing Friday in Avon and a special dinner Saturday evening.
“I’ll tell you what’s the best thing about it is a lot of the alumni that were there last night, a lot of people said welcome back,” Brown said. “And that was a very nice thing to hear. Because ultimately there’s nothing I can be but a Brown. I didn’t play for anybody else, I didn’t set any records anywhere else, I didn’t win any championships anywhere else.
“So I’m stuck with you guys, whether you want me or not. This is my home.”