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Remembering Art Modell: Timeline

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June 23, 1925: Art Modell born in Brooklyn, New York

1961: Modell buys the Browns for $4 million (using only $250,000) of his own money.

Jan. 9, 1963: Modell fires legendary coach Paul Brown and hires Blanton Collier.

1964: Browns defeat Baltimore Colts in NFL Championship Game. Photos: Art Modell through the years

1969: Modell marries soap opera actress, Patricia Breslin.

1973: Modell takes control of Cleveland Municipal Stadium from the city.

Nov. 6, 1995: After owning the Cleveland Browns for more than 30 years, Art Modell announces plan to move team to Baltimore for 1996 season. The team will be re-named the Ravens.   Modell says  he "had no choice."

Dec. 17, 1995: Browns play last game at Municipal Stadium.  Fans rip out seats following game.

Sept. 8, 1998: Expansion franchise awarded to Cleveland. Al Lerner announced as new owner. Team retains name of Browns.

Jan 28, 2001: Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV defeating the New York Giants 34-7.

2003: Modell sells Ravens to minority owner .

2011: Pat Modell passes away at the age of 80.

Sept. 6, 2012: Art Modell dies at the age of 87 in Baltimore.


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