The Ravens and the NFL bid their final farewell to Art Modell on Tuesday at a funeral service at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Among those paying tribute to the former Ravens owner were commissioner Roger Goodell and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.
Goodell invoked Modells distinctive good humor during his remarks.
The NFL was lucky to have Art Modell. Goodell said. We will all miss him dearly, but we will miss him with a smile on our face.
Lewis also mentioned how Modell made those around him happy and said his legacy should serve as an example to others.
This man lived a life that should make every person in this room smile, Lewis said, and find a different way to impact somebody along the way, because when all is settled, what will your legacy be?
Besides Lewis, current Ravens who attended the service included Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith. Former Ravens Todd Heap, Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware and Rob Burnett also were at the service, as was Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
The Ravens Steve Bisciotti was joined in attendance by fellow team owners Jerry Jones of the Cowboys and Jim Irsay of the Colts. Current Ravens coach John Harbaugh and former coach Brian Billick also were at the synagogue.
Information from The Baltimore Sun was used in this report.