Former Ravens owner Art Modell turned down Hall of Fame bid…again
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Former Ravens owner Art Modell has once again been denied a nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Modell was considered on the list of coaches/contributors for next year’s induction. However, he didn’t make the cut. Voters opted for former Chargers head coach Don Coryell as the finalist.
Modell’s place in the Hall was compromised for his decision to move the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996.
Even though Cleveland got a new franchise and Modell left the “Browns” name, team colors and history behind, the bad feelings linger.
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Modell has the credentials to be consecrated.
He spent 43 years in the NFL as owner of the Browns (1961-1995) and Ravens (1996-2003). Modell led teams that produced 28 winning seasons, 28 playoff games, two NFL championships (1964 and 2000), three more appearances in NFL title contests (1965, 1968 and 1969), and four visits ( 1986, 1987, 1989 and 2000) to the AFC Championships.
He was also instrumental in launching Monday Night Football, and Modell chaired the NFL’s television committee for 31 years. He was the NFL’s only elected president (1967–69) and he served as chairman of the Owners’ Labor Committee, which negotiated the NFL’s first collective bargaining unit with players.
Modell has donated and raised millions for many civic and charitable causes throughout his career. He has served on several civic, educational and charitable boards.
The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore is named after her for her contributions.
Modell died on September 6, 2012 of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 87.