Jimmy Haslam will remain 'heavily involved' with Browns despite return to Pilot Flying J

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The owner of the Browns doesn't expect much to change now.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says nothing will change with his involvement with the team now that he's the CEO of Pilot Flying J, according to Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal.

Essentially, Haslam isn't worried about his new -- but familiar -- role that will take him away from the Browns at times:

Q: How will you reassuming your role as CEO of Pilot Flying J affect the Browns and the time you spend in Northeast Ohio?:

A: "I think it's a fair question. I would say this: We were introduced in Berea on Aug. 3, right? And I was CEO of Pilot Flying J all the way through Dec. 31, and really for the past five or six weeks have not been. Hopefully you and the fans and everybody involved could see beginning in Berea on Aug. 3 and going really all the way up to the present and certainly through the end of the season that we were heavily involved and very passionate and very intense and have proclaimed many times we're going to do any and everything we can to bring a winner to the Browns. I think there's absolutely no difference. We went through the last season in the same situation. We obviously feel great about the new team we have in place both on and off the field, and we're excited to get into free agency, get into the draft, start moving forward to the 2013 season."

On Monday, it was announced that Haslam would return to Pilot Flying J, which he called his "first love." His father, Jim, founded Pilot Flying J, which was originally known as Pilot Corporation in 1958. Pilot Flying J is a chain of truck stops in the United States and Canada based out of Knoxville, Tenn.

Haslam has owned the Browns since October. He formerly had a stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers, but sold his shares so he could own the Browns.

Browns fans at Dawgs By Nature weren't overwhelmed by the news of Haslam going back to Pilot Flying J. Chris Pokorny said "there probably isn't a lot on his plate that he can't delegate to his staff."

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