Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 9/6/12

WKYC is reporting that former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is hospitalized in a Baltimore hospital in deteriorating health.

Former Browns owner Art Modell is in a Baltimore area hospital where his condition is reportedly worsening.

Family members, including his sons John and David, are gathered with the 87-year-old Modell at the hospital.

Channel 3 Sports has learned Modell’s vital organs are failing.

Modell, you will recall, owned the Browns from 1961 until he moved the franchise to Baltimore following the 1995 season. He currently maintains a 1% share of the Ravens and is officially listed as a team consultant. While the Ravens captured Super Bowl XXXV and have been a perennial contender virtually since arriving in Baltimore, the Browns have made the playoffs once since their return to the NFL in 1999.

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