David Modell, Ravens first president, dies at 55
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.”