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May 23, 2017

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September 8, 2012
To John and David:

Your father was a kind, gentle man and I will always cherish my memories of working for your Dad. My heart goes out to the both of you. Take care.
September 8, 2012
The people of Cleveland lost a very gifted and generous person. He and his wife were responsible for supporting the Cleveland Clinic which indirectly saved hundreds of people's lives over the years yet he only seems to be remembered for the moving of the Cleveland Browns football team which was responsible for him personally loosing millions of dollars for many years. I want to offer my sympathy to his familiy and friends and I want to let them know that some people from Ohio realize how great a person he really was. A life is worth more than a sport in many people's oppinion.
September 8, 2012
Art Modell was described as controversial. We'd describe him as a visionary. Long before he made the difficult, even heartbreaking, decision to move the Cleveland Browns team to Baltimore, he was among the first to recognize and embrace the impact television could – and did – have on NFL football. Along with Baltimore Colts' owner Carroll Rosenbloom and Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Art Rooney, Modell agreed to move his Cleveland Browns' team to the American Football Conference in 1970, following the merger of the NFL and AFL.

Even his most controversial decision – to move his franchise – left the Browns' history and heritage in Cleveland and brought an NFL team to football-starved Baltimore, which had lost its own team some 12 years earlier. Today, for example, thanks to Art Modell's vision, Jim Brown is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Cleveland Brown – not a Baltimore Brown.

We will remember him as a good and decent man who contributed greatly to the NFL, to Baltimore and Cleveland, to the communities in which he lived, to the charities in which he believed, and – perhaps most of all – to the active and retired players whom he loved, for whom he showed compassion and whom he treated as his family. He truly embraced the league's past, present and future.

We deeply regret that neither Art nor his wife Pat lived long enough to see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Bruce Laird
President, Fourth & Goal
Baltimore Colts, 1972-1981
San Diego, 1982-1983
September 8, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
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