Art’s Legacy

Art Modell did great things for the NFL.     He helped made the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970, the first television deal, and Monday Night Football possible.   However, on November 6, 1995 when he announced the move of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.  With that announcement Art Modell became the most hated man in Ohio.  Yesterday, Modell passed away at 87 and to the fans of Baltimore he was a hero for bring the NFL back.   In Cleveland he was vilified because the Browns sold out  every game at Cleveland Stadium before they moved.  Modell never returned to Ohio after the move.     Will Modell every get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame there is argument on both sides, but Art Modell inspired both love and hate in two NFL cities.

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