"He was my friend, my mentor. We will miss him so much. How lucky are all of us to have had Art in Baltimore? How fortunate I am to have had him teach me about the NFL. His generosity, his love, his humor, his intelligence, his friendship -- we were all blessed by this great man. We will strive to live up to his standard." -- Steve Bisciotti Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. "On behalf of my wife Martha, our entire family and the Lions organization, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to David and John and everyone who knew and loved Art. "Art was a great personal friend, and we shared many wonderful times together over the years. The game of football lost one of its' all-time greats today. Art's contributions to the NFL during his five decades in the game are immeasurable. I believe that Art did as much as any owner to help make the NFL what it is today. Art was a pioneer, a visionary and a selfless owner who always saw the big picture and did the right thing. Our game would not be what it is today if it weren't for Art Modell." -- William Clay Ford Sr.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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