USA TODAY: Former Ravens Owner Art Modell Dies At Age 87

Source: Kevin Manahan / USA Today

It was 2003, and Art Modell  was joking about his health: “Ten hospitalizations, two heart attacks, a stroke, internal bleeding … and every one of those she was at my side,” he said, turning to his wife.

With Modell, there was almost always a punchline.

“You know what?” he told her, “I think you’re bad luck, babe.”

Modell — the man loved for bringing his NFL  team to Baltimore, but hated for yanking it out of Cleveland — lived another nine years, much of it in infamy, before passing early Thursday morning. One of the most influential owners in the league, and also one of the most quotable, he was 87.

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