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Mike Brown: 'When it comes to charity, you shouldn't brag about it'

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There was a beautiful moment on Thursday when the Cincinnati Bengals presented the $1.3 million donation to Children's Hospital after the first quarter. Bengals president Mike Brown remained quiet throughout the entire process.

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At the end of the first quarter, during Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns, the team presented a donation of $1.349 million to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The money was donated by fans who bought Devon Still jerseys and facilitated by the team.

Bengals owner Mike Brown deflected any involvement or praise for the effort.

"When it comes to charity, you shouldn't brag about it,'' Brown said to Paul Daugherty with the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Devon Still "is the guy that drove this. He made it possible,'' Brown said. "He went about it in a very remarkable way. Understated, straight forward.''

Daugherty writes:

Brown took a personal interest in the welfare of the late Greg Cook, a great college quarterback, who became an entirely troubled soul after his NFL career was cut short by a shoulder injury. Either the Bengals or Mike Brown paid for everything connected with Chris Henry's funeral.

And so on. Either Mike Brown is a self-interested tightwad or a silent partner in the charity game. The fact that he doesn't advertise the team's generosity – or respond to critics who suspect that it's lacking – is an admirable, almost lost, trait.