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Art Modell: A lifetime of accomplishments

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Art Modell: A lifetime of accomplishments

By JP Finlay
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A look at the life and career of Art Modell, the man who returned the NFL to Baltimore.

1925 -- Art Modell born in Brooklyn.

1943 -- After graduating from high school while working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Modell joined the Air Force.

1945 -- Following the U.S. victory in World War II, Modell enrolled in television school, joins production crew of one of the first daytime television programs.

1954 -- Modell moves into advertising business.

1961 -- Modell leads a group of friends to purchase Cleveland Browns for 4 million, a figure he deemed "totally excessive."

1963 -- Modell fires Browns celebrated coach Paul Brown.

1964 -- The Cleveland Browns win the NFL Championship behind legendary running back Jim Brown, defeating the Baltimore Colts 27-0.

1965 -- Browns advance to NFL Championship game, losing 23-12 to the Green Bay Packers.

1966 -- Browns participate in inaugural NFL Thanksgiving Day game.

1967 to 1969 -- Modell served as President of the NFL.

1968 -- Browns advance to NFL Championship game, losing 34-0 to the Baltimore Colts.

1968 -- Modell chaired negotiations for first collective bargaining agreement with NFL players.

1969 -- Browns advance to last NFL Championship game before the Super Bowl era begins, losing to the Minnesota Vikings 27-7.

1970 -- Modell served as driving force behind NFL negotiations with ABC to televise Monday Night Football.

1984 -- Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis.

1987 -- John Elway leads the Denver Broncos to an improbable comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Championship game with a late touchdown series that would later become known as "The Drive."

1988 -- Earnest Byner fumbles away the Cleveland Browns Super Bowl chances in another heartbreaking AFC Championship loss to the Denver Broncos, a play that later became known as simply "The Fumble."

1996 -- Modell moves the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, team becomes known as the Baltimore Ravens.

2000 -- Modell agrees to sell 49 percent of his ownership stake in the Ravens to Maryland businessman Steve Bisciotti.

2001 -- The Baltimore Ravens defeat the New York Giants 34-7 for the team's first and only Super Bowl victory behind a tremendous defense led by linebacker Ray Lewis.

2004 -- Bisciotti completes purchase of the Ravens, though Modell retains 1 percent ownership.

2012 -- Art Modell dies of natural causes at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore at age 87.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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