Originally written on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 2/1/13

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24: Art Modell, previous owner of of the Baltimore Ravens comes onto the field for halftime celebrations of the ten year Super Bowl anniversary team during the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bills lead the Ravens at the half 24-20. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
There is an oft-used phrase in the annual Hall of Fame discussions — that one “cannot write the history of the league without including” certain candidates — that might be appropriate to Modell. – Len Pasquarelli, Sports Illustrated “You can’t write the NFL history without Art.” – Ozzie Newsome “He left a huge imprint on the game, and one can’t write the history of the league without mentioning him.” — Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune ————— Rapists leave imprints, too. Indelible ones. And you simply can’t write the history of Germany, or Europe, or the world, really, without mentioning the N-nevermind. Jackie Robinson would have turned 94 yesterday, which reminds us that folks like to say the same thing about Robinson that we like to say (and like to hear Hall of Fame Selection Committee Members say) about Art Modell: “If he hadn’t done it, someone else would have.” Of course, in Modell’s case we’re talking about expanding Pro Football’s presence on broadcast tel
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