• Get the Blackhawks Championship Package
    Get the Blackhawks Championship Package
  • Give the Gift of SI
    Give the Gift of SI
Posted: Saturday September 8, 2012 1:58PM ; Updated: Saturday September 8, 2012 3:49PM

Ravens fans pay respects to Modell

Story Highlights

Fans lined up at M&T Bank Stadium to pay tribute to late Ravens owner Art Modell

The casket of Modell, who died on Thursday at 87, was draped in an American flag

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Art Modell's funeral is Tuesday, one day after the Ravens open the season against the Bengals.
Art Modell's funeral is Tuesday, one day after the Ravens open the season against the Bengals.
Steve Ruark/AP
NFL Team Page

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ravens fans lined up by the hundreds Saturday morning to pay respects to Art Modell, the man who moved the Cleveland Browns to their city.

The American-flag draped casket was at the 50-yard line of M&T Bank Stadium. Fans, almost all wearing Ravens jerseys, were greeted by Modell's sons, David and John, as they slowly walked down the stadium steps and into a white tent.

When mourners began walking in at 11 a.m., they could see photos of the former Ravens owner on the large video screens and hear Frank Sinatra songs playing. Not surprisingly, the first one heard as the mourners arrived was "My Way."

Modell died Thursday at 87. His funeral is Tuesday, one day after the team opens its season against Cincinnati on Monday night.

Retired offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, one of Modell's favorite Ravens, was there when the purple procession began and he shook hands with some of the fans. Ogden was the first player drafted by the Ravens after the team moved to Baltimore for the 1996 season.

"He always cared about what was going on in your life," Ogden said. "It was always what he could do to help somebody else."

Horace Berean of Baltimore was the first person waiting in line for the stadium gate to open. He arrived at 6 a.m. to secure his spot.

"He did so much for the city. He brought the football team here," Berean said. "He was just a wonderful, generous man."

Bobbie Fine of Columbia, Md., who wore a Ravens blouse and locket, met Modell at games and events.

"Just a kind man. I could talk to him at any time," Fine said. "One of the best men I've ever met."

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Golden State Warriors Bryce Harper Paul Pierce Masai Ujiri
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint