Art Modell, former NFL owner, dies at 87
Art Modell, 87, was an NFL owner for 43 years, during which his teams won two Super Bowls.
September 6th, 2012
07:32 AM ET

Art Modell, former NFL owner, dies at 87

Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell died Thursday, the team reported on its website.

Modell, 87, was an NFL owner for 43 years, during which his teams won two Super Bowls.

He died peacefully of natural causes at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital, the team said.

"'Poppy' was a special man who was loved by his sons, his daughter-in-law Michel, and his six grandchildren," Modell's son, David Modell, said in a statement released by the team. "Moreover, he was adored by the entire Baltimore community for his kindness and generosity. And, he loved Baltimore. He made an important and indelible contribution to the lives of his children, grandchildren and his entire community. We will miss him."

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  1. viznix

    I thought they only have 1 Super Bowl. Way back in 2000.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. CLEAVELAND ROKCS

    Oh come on quite picking on celeveland the rbowns are the best! we ahve the best fans and it's funny watching all the haters try and tear down one of the greatest franchises in sports history! BRING IN ON CLEAVELAND ROCK S!!!!!!

    GO BROWNS WOF WOOF WOOF WOOOF DOGPOUND BABY YAAA!!!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Trying to mask yourself as a Cleveland fan? Yet, your post is riddled will the tell tale signs of a Raven fan. Where to begin...

      September 6, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. cnnlicksit

    Another rich, old Jew bites the dust.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Starman

      You were afraid he was immortal?

      September 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.J.

      another idiot trolling the comments...

      September 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    Personnaly, I like:

    Q: What's the hardest thing about being a Ravens Fan?
    A: Telling your parents you're gay.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ModellFan

      Q: What is the hardest thing about being a Browns fan writing in this forum?
      A: Not knowing to spell check.

      September 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    What's the only way a Cleveland Brown can get a ring?

    Move to Baltimore!

    September 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonnie

      I'd rather not have a ring than move there!!!!!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BucksFan

      I second that, Bonnie!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bonnie

    I'm glad he was beloved in Baltimore, cause he sure wasn't in Cleveland!!! He did so much for Baltimore . . . what did he do for Cleveland, where he lived far longer than in Baltimore? He took one of the oldest football franchises from the city (which at least fought to keep the name & colors!!). He has not been missed in Cleveland!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ZagaZIg

    A Special corner of Hell was reserved just for his ass

    September 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DarthLawyer

    Modell bought the Browns and subsequently fired their coach, Paul Brown, the team's namesake who had won 7 championships. The Browns never won another championship. Then in 1996, after saying he'd never move the Browns, and convincing the city of Cleveland to pass a referendum for a tax to improve Municipal Stadium, he moved the Browns to Baltimore anyways. I'm a Bengals fan by the way.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DarthLawyer

      Correction, they won one post-Brown championship, but with Brown acquired players.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cleveland Fan

    I can tell you – no noe in Cleveland is shedding a tear for this old Geezer. He was nasty to Cleveland, who has the best fans ever, and it is just another day in the life here in Ctown. Notice the article is so small, cause there is really nothing to say about this man.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      well put!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BlackDynamite

    "There goes the only man who hated Cleveland more than I did....."

    – LeBron James
    BD

    September 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Aaron

    Without Art Modell, the NFL would not be the most popular professional sports league in this country. People in Cleveland cannot deny that. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

    The city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland will be eternally grateful to Art Modell for bringing football back.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Stop it! Seriously! I can't take the laughter anymore!

      Do you really think the HoF will open its doors to this man?! He as been eligible now for a few years and has never made it past the first cut!

      September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Stop it! Seriously! I can't take the laughter anymore!

      Do you really think the HoF wiII open its doors to this man?! He as been eligible now for a few years and has never made it past the first cut!

      September 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Raven Fan

    All these Browns fans complaining about him moving to Baltimore. Lets put it into a better light so you can see it better. Apparently Cleveland was not making enough money for the franchise to stay there. So you all can sit there and say boohoo I hate Baltimore or whatever you freakin people want to do. The NFL is about making money and this man did what he had to do to make money and that was move to a city that would appreciate him and the team.

    So all Browns Fans get a grip because if you had a team and were not making money you would move it too. It is business and if you say you wouldn't because of the fans that is BS.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SingAPsalm

    Even if you don't agree with what he did, I can't see that any of his decisions would justify some people being happy that he has passed away. How do you think his family and friends would feel if they read this? Sooner or later all of us will die. Just hope that when someone close to you comes to their end, you won't have to witness anyone celebrating their demise.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ModellFan

    The Cleveland Indians win the Wordl Series in...................1948
    The Cleveland Browns win the NFL Championship in........1964
    The Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Championship in....NEVER

    Cleveland, OH – a city of futility.

    A man died. A family lost a father and a grandfather and a crapload of classy Browns fans will toast his death. The same sorry fans that think losing their team was even close to Baltimore losing the Colts. Apples and oranges.

    And none of you have the guts to admit the truth about how much culpability the mayor and city council had when Art decided to move. WAH WAH WAH!

    The two smartest men in Cleveland sports history – Art Modell and LeBron James. They got out and won it all.

    As some of you hopefully choke on your toasts tonight at least you will be able to watch the best looking woman in Cleveland on TV LAND – Ms. Betty White.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
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