People remember Cleveland Browns owner Al Lerner

"The Browns have suffered a great loss. He was the embodiment of courage, humanity, leadership and patriotism, and he will be sorely missed. His love for this great city was exemplified by his deep commitment to the people of Cleveland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." - Cleveland Browns team statement.

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"Al Lerner magnificently fulfilled the American Dream, with extraordinary achievement in business and philanthropy. Al's death leaves a terrible void for all of us in the NFL." - NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

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"Al invested in the Browns because he wanted the team to succeed. It was his gift to the community." - Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell.

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"America lost a great man. He did so much for this city." - Kevin Johnson, Browns wide receiver.

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"The city of Cleveland has lost a true giant. His leadership in bringing the Browns back to Cleveland is only one example of how much he has done for the city." - Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan.

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"I was always amazed how grounded he was all the time. He had the most simplistic way of making things that seemed so difficult so easy. He did everything in a first-class way and he understood how to bring out the best in people." - Jim Donovan, radio announcer for the Browns.

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"Cleveland is a better place because of Al Lerner. He and his wife, Norma, were trailblazers in philanthropy who quietly made a difference. He was one of the most impressive men I ever met." - U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio.

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"It's sad for the whole organization, I'm sure. But I think it might make the team stronger, if they come back more together. It was good for Cleveland when he bought the team, because then it was a team with a rich owner." - Browns fan Desmond Moss, of Cleveland.

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"I don't think it's the end of everything. I think they will just keep going on the way they were, because we still have Carmen Policy. He will keep things going. He's the big rebuilder." - Browns fan Carl Vavpot, of Cleveland.

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