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Steve Owen

Modell could see the future

Art Modell was a hero in Baltimore, and for good reason. But Baltimore has known him mostly as an elderly man.

I was fortunate enough to be in the company of the young Art Modell, when he first became owner of the Browns.

I was a football writer for the Pensacola, Fla. News-Journal 50 or so years ago. I covered the Senior Bowl each year back then when it was a struggling enterprise trying to get national recognition. In the course of that, I came to know the two guys who used to do the broadcast for the Senior Bowl — Red Grange and Steve Owen, who had been coach of the New York...