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No. 8: Former Ravens owner Art Modell dies

WHAT HAPPENED: Ravens patriarch Art Modell, who brought the franchise to Baltimore in 1996, died in September at the age of 87.

SIGNIFICANCE: Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996, returning NFL football to a city that had been without it since the Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984. He was the Ravens' majority owner until 2003. The Ravens made the playoffs three times during Modell's time as majority owner and won Super Bowl XXXV during the 2000 season.

MEMORABLE QUOTE: "When you think about Art Modell, you think about a great man, a leader, a father and a servant," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "I genuinely loved Art as a man, and he showed me what to strive for in life. When you truly see the impact he had on everyone he touched, it humbles you. ... Even though he has left us, he is going to a place that one day we all want to be. I am truly blessed to have had Art in my life. He was a humble servant and one of the best men I have ever known."

UPDATE: Modell is one of the most influential figures in NFL history, but is yet to be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame as a result of his moving the Browns from Cleveland. He's one of 27 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

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