By Edward Lee
11:16 AM EDT, October 14, 2011
The Ravens will pay tribute to Patricia Breslin Modell, the wife of former Ravens and Browns owner Art Modell, when they meet the Houston Texans Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
The players will have a decal with the initials “PBM” attached to the back of their helmets to honor Mrs. Modell, who died Wednesday at the age of 80. There will also be a moment of silence prior to the singing of the National Anthem.
In making the announcement, the organization also included statements from owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh about Mrs. Modell.
Bisciotti: “Spending time with Pat was always special. Renee and I loved everything about her. There was a spark about Pat that was visible. She lit up a room when she entered. Conversations and dinners with her were electric and exciting. She made you feel good by being with her. And, the love she and Art had for each other … We’ve talked about it, and it was inspiring. Art and Pat bragged about each other, delighted in each other’s company. Their love was so visible. We already miss her terribly, and our thoughts and prayers are with Art and his family.”
Newsome: “So, so gracious and kind. Pat was one of the special people put in your life. She knew football and was not afraid to ask the tough questions. We’ll miss those, and we miss her now.”
Harbaugh: “The first time I met Pat, she squeezed my face with her hands and brought me closer to her. It made me feel special. She had that ability to do that for people. She treated Ingrid and my family with kindness; she was so welcoming. She enjoyed life, helping others and loved Art so much. She was Art’s protector, and their love for each other stood out every time we got together. Her intelligence was impressive, and I loved to have serious discussions with her on politics, the economy and which plays we should run. Classy, glamorous, but most of all generous and loving – that was Pat Modell.”
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