Baltimore Ravens

Ravens' Modell has mild heart attack

Ravens owner Art Modell is recovering in a Rancho Mirage, Calif., hospital after suffering a mild heart attack Friday morning.

According to his son David, Modell is "doing excellently" and is scheduled to be released tomorrow from Eisenhower Medical Center. Modell, 76, who was at his California vacation home at the time, is expected to fly back to Baltimore, where he will undergo further tests at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"The fact that the doctors are letting him fly speaks volumes to how he is doing," said David Modell, who serves as team president. "He is doing great."

Art Modell has had a history of heart problems.

In 1983, he underwent emergency quadruple bypass operation after a heart attack. Seven years later, he had double bypass coronary surgery.

But his latest bout with heart trouble hasn't shaken Modell too drastically. When team spokesman Kevin Byrne asked him about his condition, Modell said jokingly, "I've taken a turn for the nurse."

"He is in outstanding humor," David Modell said. "He acts like he has a new audience around for his jokes with all the doctors and nurses at Eisenhower."

David said his father is walking and could return home by the weekend. Art Modell even wants to try to make an appearance Saturday for the NFL draft at his team's Owings Mills practice complex.

"Both my mother and myself will have to chain him down," David Modell said. "It's most important that he recuperates."

Modell, who completed his 41st season in the NFL, was one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame two months ago but was not elected. He brought pro football back to Baltimore in 1996 by relocating the Cleveland Browns here.

He will remain owner of the Ravens through January 2004, when minority owner Steve Bisciotti has the option to take control of the team.