Art Modell remembered with silent tribute
- Children touch the Baltimore Ravens' Vince Lombardi Trophy from the team's 2001 Super Bowl championship during a public viewing of the casket of former Ravens owner Art Modell at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Modell died Sept. 6. He was 87. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore 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's life 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.
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