David Modell, Ravens first pres­i­dent, dies at 55

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS -

David Modell, the first pres­i­dent of the Bal­ti­more Ravens and the son of for­mer team owner Arthur Modell, died Fri­day. He was 55.

He had cancer for two years, the team said.

Modell served as pres­i­dent of the Ravens from their be­gin­ning in 1996 un­til 2004. He was in­stru­men­tal in the se­lec­tion of the team’s name and col­ors and helped or­ches­trate the move to the Ravens’ new sta­dium in 1998.

Modell and his fa­ther worked in tan­dem to make sure the team flour­ished fol­low­ing its re­lo­ca­tion from Cleve­land in 1995. The younger Modell’s fo­cus was not only to make the Ravens a win­ner, but to do it with class.

“I don’t want us just to be the best foot­ball team,” he said early in his days as team pres­i­dent. “We as­pire to be the best busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion. We want to set the stan­dard on and off the field.”

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