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Former Eagles President Joe Banner Resigns From Cleveland Browns
Former Philadelphia Eagles president and chief operating officer Joe Banner made waves around the NFL on Feb. 11 by announcing that he was stepping down as the Cleveland Browns CEO just two seasons after taking the job.
Banner, whose family were residents of Penn Valley and members of Har Zion synagogue during his Eagle’s tenure, began his career in Philadelphia in 1994, when he was brought in to the organization by Eagle’s owner Jeffrey Lurie.
He rose quickly though the ranks and became the football team’s president in 2001, a position he held until 2012 when he left to take the CEO position in Cleveland.
Under his direction, the Eagles enjoyed periods of great success, the pinnacle of which was a Super Bowl appearance in 2004 after reaching the conference championship game in four consecutive seasons between 2001 and 2004. The Eagles lost the 2004 Super Bowl to the New England Patriots, 24-21.
Banner left the team in 2012 after a couple of disappointing seasons led to a falling out with Lurie. He was replaced by his former pupil and rising star, Howie Roseman.
Banner’s tenure with Cleveland was far less fruitful, as the team finished the 2013 season with a dismal record of 4-12.
"It is bittersweet leaving the Browns organization,” Banner said in a statement released by the team on Feb. 11. “I am proud of the talented individuals we brought in to help lead this team and feel that the Cleveland Browns are in good hands moving forward.”
In his own statement, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam thanked Banner “for his work and dedication.”
Banner was featured in an Exponent article published in 2006 that described his active participation and support in the local Jewish community.