Today our prayers go out to the friends and family of one of the most influential architects in football, Art Modell passed away Thursday morning at the age of 87. Modell will be remembered for a number of things, the most infamous is probably the move of his franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore.

David and John Modell were said to be at the said of their father’s side when he “died peacefully of natural causes.”

Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns, who became the Ravens after he took the team to Baltimore in 1996 — a move that hounded him the rest of his life.

“I believe very strongly that Art Modell is one of the most important figures in the history of the modern NFL,” former NBC-TV president Dick Ebersol said. “He and Pete Rozelle developed the magic formula that married the potential of television to the game.”

During Modell’s 40 years as an NFL owner, Modell helped negotiate the league’s lucrative contracts with television networks, served as president of the NFL from 1967 to 1969, and chaired the negotiations for the first the collective bargaining agreement with the players in 1968. He also was the driving force behind the 1970 contract between the NFL and ABC to televise games on Monday night.

The game was forever changed by the countless contributions that Modell made to the NFL.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

 

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