Baltimore Ravens add Art Modell Memorial to Helmet

Written By:  •  Friday, September 7, 2012

The Baltimore Ravens today tweeted out a photo of the memorial decal they’ll be placing on their helmets to honour the legacy of their former owner Art Modell. Modell, also the former owner of the Cleveland Browns died yesterday from natural causes at the age of 87.

Modell was in charge of two NFL championship teams, first with the 1964 Cleveland Browns and later on with the Super Bowl XXXV Champion Baltimore Ravens during the 2000 season.

The memorial decal is very simple, a black circle with “Art” in white smartcase letters.  A white outline around the black circle to help it stand-out from the black shells of the Ravens helmets.

For those wondering, no the Cleveland Browns are not planning any memorial decals or much of anything.  Modell relocated the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore following the 1995 season just days before a city council vote on upgrades to their stadium, the NFL restored the Browns franchise in Cleveland for 1999.

Expect to see the new Modell decal on the Ravens helmet for their season opener this Monday night.


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  • Mike S

    Glad the Browns aren’t honoring him. No reason for them to.

  • Franky, i am glad the Browns aren’t honoring him. They have no reason to.

  • Jim Jasinski

    The Browns will honor Modell like he honored Cleveland. By a complete disregard and absence of thought.

  • Aaron

    So Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore just days before the city of Cleveland voted on upgrades to the old stadium huh? Kind of sounds similar to how the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indy! Only difference, at least it wasn’t in the middle of the night. I wonder if the Rams ever moved back to LA, they’d still honor Mrs. Frontiere after moving them to St. Louis.

    • Jimmy

      Browns fans need to quit crying, they got a new team back in three years, faster then any other city that lost a team and were able to keep the name, colors and history.

  • Andrew Rafner

    Conversely, the Browns will be wearing ones that say “FART”

  • Satan is more popular in Northern Ohio than that traitor. We will never forget what he did, and frankly most browns fans I speak to hopes he is in hell.

  • Bryan

    according to espn the Browns will recognize art modell at the season opener but you have to show some class and if it wasnt for the move the Browns wouldnt of had Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Old Stadium would still be up if you think of it

    • Aaron

      In what way will they recognize Art Modell? If the move never happened, the stadium would’ve been built if they really wanted them to stay. The only other owners I can think of who don’t mind having one team in two different cities are Al Davis (Raiders) and Bud Adams (Oilers/Titans). Ralph Wilson (Bills) wouldn’t dream of pulling a stunt ala Art Modell, Al Davis or Bud Adams. Or even Clay Bennett (Sonics/Thunder). Although, AL Davis wasn’t reviled like Modell in Cleveland.

  • Dave

    Just a quick question? How did the Baltimore Ravens honor Bob Irsay when he died in 1997?

    • Aaron

      That is a good question. I don’t think they did because they’re the Ravens, but possibly because most of the fans in Baltimore consider Mr. Irsay Modell’s evil twin. LOL. I digress. It’s really sad how one move can tarnish one’s reputation and still be reviled even after they pass away. Mind you I think Harold Ballard is still hated over in our neck of the woods.

  • Michael

    Baltimore loves him, Cleveland hates him. Simple as that.

  • Aaron

    I wonder if the Houston Texans would ever honor Bud Adams? Probably not, right?