Banner resigned as Eagles president in June to pursue part-ownership in an NFL team. That’s when he met Haslam, who still holds a minority share in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Banner said he was impressed with Haslam’s passion to revive the once-proud Browns just as he had seen owner Jeff Lurie do with the Eagles.
“Our goal is to put together an organization that will be the best at everything we do, whether it’s our work in the community, whether it’s the business that we do and most importantly, and this will be the clear focus of the organization, what we do on the field and our goal to try and win championships,” Banner said. “We’re going to do that by putting together great people, having a common mission, working hard and doing everything in a way that everyone will be very proud of this organization and what we represent.”