Piitsburgh Steelers chairman emeritus Daniel Rooney

"<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEBSL000007" title="Art Modell" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/art-modell-PEBSL000007.topic">Art Modell</a> was a good friend to our family and he will be sadly missed. He was instrumental in helping the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="NFL" href="/topic/sports/football/nfl-ORSPT000007.topic">National Football League</a> become what it is today, and he always had the league’s best interest at hand. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family as he will be missed dearly by the Steelers organization and the Rooney family." -- <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT006330" title="Dan Rooney" href="/topic/sports/football/dan-rooney-PESPT006330.topic">Dan Rooney</a><br>
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<i>Former Browns G Robert Jackson</i><br>
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"From the time I was a rookie free agent with the Browns to today, Art made me feel like part of a family. That's the way he treated his players. He was very fair, often tearing up contracts of players who were playing better and giving them new ones. My era of Browns, we respected him. In fact, a bunch of us got together in June and told stories about Art and those teams we played on. When I think of Art, I think of a good person who was fun to be around and knew how to have fun. And, I think of a person who cared a lot about people -- how he could help them -- and he did help so many."

( Al Bello, Getty Images / January 18, 2009 )

"Art Modell was a good friend to our family and he will be sadly missed. He was instrumental in helping the National Football League become what it is today, and he always had the league’s best interest at hand. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family as he will be missed dearly by the Steelers organization and the Rooney family." -- Dan Rooney

Former Browns G Robert Jackson

"From the time I was a rookie free agent with the Browns to today, Art made me feel like part of a family. That's the way he treated his players. He was very fair, often tearing up contracts of players who were playing better and giving them new ones. My era of Browns, we respected him. In fact, a bunch of us got together in June and told stories about Art and those teams we played on. When I think of Art, I think of a good person who was fun to be around and knew how to have fun. And, I think of a person who cared a lot about people -- how he could help them -- and he did help so many."

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