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ESPN analyst and Baltimore resident Mel Kiper Jr.

"Visionaries know and understand things long before others do. Art Modell's vision for the NFL was impeccable. Personally, I see him as one of the most important figures in the history of the NFL. He was an integral part of every major initiative that has vaulted the league to where it is today. The NFL wouldn¿t be what it is without Art Modell's vision. He championed revenue sharing because he understood the league wouldn't be as successful if only a few teams enjoyed success. He understood the importance of television long before most people around him did. He always gave back to the community. The entire Modell family has built a history of giving back to their communities. When Modell moved his team from Cleveland, he didn¿t strip the Browns of their history. He allowed Cleveland to maintain their Browns¿ legacy, history and tradition, even as he moved his team from the city. We didn't get that consideration in Baltimore when the Colts moved. Art Modell should definitely be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Apart from the players, his contribution to the league is as important as anyone in the league's history. In the Baltimore Ravens, he built a model franchise. We'll miss him."--Mel Kiper Jr. Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
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