By JP Finlay
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.