Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/6/12

BALTIMORE -- Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has died. He was 87. The team said Modell died of natural causes early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had been admitted Wednesday. Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns, which became the Ravens after he took the team to Baltimore in 1996 in a move that tarnished his reputation as one of the league's most innovative and influential owners. The Ravens won their lone Super Bowl in January 2001, less than a year after Modell sold a minority interest of...

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