Ex-Ravens, Browns owner Modell to be laid to rest Tuesday
Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns majority owner Art Modell will be laid to rest Tuesday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Modell passed away of natural causes at age 87 at Johns Hopkins Hospital Thursday.
Fans will have a chance to bid a final farewell to Modell during a silent viewing and tribute that will be held Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Modell’s casket will be on the field next to the Vince Lombardi Trophy that the Ravens earned after beating the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
Instead of flowers, the Modell family is asking that contributions be made to The SEED School at 200 Font Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223 or www.seedschoolmd.org
In honor of Modell, a moment of silence will be held before each NFL game this weekend.
The Browns will also have an appropriate recognition of Modell during Sunday’s pre-game before they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Modell purchased the Browns in 1961 for $4 million and turned them into an NFL powerhouse, making it to the playoffs 17 times, winning 11 division titles and the NFL championship in 1964.
Modell then had a legal dispute with the city of Cleveland regarding the team but after extensive talks, the two camps accepted a settlement that would keep the Browns legacy in Cleveland.
In 1996, the NFL announced that the Browns would be deactivated for three years, and that a new stadium would be built for a new Browns team, as either an expansion team or a team moved from another city, that would begin play in 1999.
In turn, Modell was granted a new franchise, the Baltimore Ravens, and he retained the current contracts of players and personnel.
Modell’s move, however, made him the most hated man in Cleveland before LeBron James took his place when he dumped the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.