Reaction to Art Modell's death [Pictures]
See quotes from Ravens officials, NFL coaches and players and other notable personalities on the passing of former Ravens owner Art Modell.
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New England Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft( Doug Pensinger, Getty Images / December 18, 2011 )
"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Art Modell. I regret that I hadn't talked to him since the passing of his wife, Pat, last year. We both shared that experience, and I know how hard that was for Art. When I first entered the league, Art was quick to welcome me, and I always appreciated that. He leaves a lasting legacy for the many contributions he made to the National Football League. The one thing that I always admired most about Art was his understanding of the role television would play in the growth of the game of football and the overall popularity of the NFL. He understood the value of prime time games at a time when there really wasn't a tremendous demand. He helped negotiate and launch ABC's Monday Night Football in 1970. I can't remember what Monday nights were like during the fall before Monday Night Football, nor could I imagine them without football today. Football fans everywhere owe him a debt of gratitude for that alone. I speak for my entire family in extending our heartfelt sympathies to the Modells." -- Robert Kraft
Longtime Browns and NFL personnel executive Michael Lombardi
"Vision, humor and generosity always guided Art Modell's life. His humor made him a daily pleasure to encounter. His genuine generosity, which supplied you with the tools to learn -- as well as work your craft -- will always be cherished, but his futuristic vision left a lasting impact on the game he deeply loved." -- Michael Lombardi