(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Brown president Mike Holmgren and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown have had a shaky relationship since Holmgren came to Cleveland in 2010.
That relationship could start to be repaired after Holmgren addressed the situation on Thursday.
“I would like Jim Brown to come and be a part of this and feel comfortable doing that and I would welcome him with open arms. How the Browns view Jim Brown hasn’t changed and will never change,” said Holgren during a press conference. “I would love to see Jim Brown walk in right now or come to the Legends thing, be a part of this.”
Brown’s role with the team diminished when Holmgren arrived, which caused him to quit after feeling disrespected by Browns owner Randy Lerner and Holmgren.
But after hearing the news, Brown said it’s now up to the ownership.
“If that’s what Holmgren said, it just shows a lot of class on his part. I’ve always been attracted to anyone who has the class to reach out,” Brown told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Thursday. “I have nothing to hold me back from being a positive person in any type of circumstances. I am a Cleveland Brown, but it’s always up to those in control to decide what they want to do.”
The Browns have their 2012 first round draft pick running back Trent Richardson who could benefit with the hall of famer’s presence.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN