Supporting heroes:

A tremendous gesture on the part of the Cleveland Browns and owner Al Lerner this week, as the team made the first yearly contribution to the families of fallen New York City police officer Moira Smith and firefighter Brian McAleese, both of whom were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Through the "Browns Hero Fund," the team adopted the two families and will support them with yearly contributions until the children are 18 years old. The Smith family will receive $40,000 annually and the McAleese family $60,000 per year. In addition to the donations, the Browns organization will have year-long contact with the families. Each will visit Cleveland during the season and also make a road trip with the team.