The Baltimore Ravens will make their second appearance in the Super Bowl after defeating the Patriots 28-13 last night in Foxborough.
Catching the Lamar Hunt Trophy presentation, I was proud and honored that the Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and several Ravens players made mention of former Ravens owner Art Modell. Linebacker Ray Lewis, who had a very close relationship with Art, celebrated wearing a shirt with his picture on the front.
Modell passed away just before the start of the season at the age of 87 and the Ravens continue to celebrate his life. After his passing the team honored the Modell family by wearing black patches on their jerseys with the name of Art over their hearts as well as placing a patch on the field at M&T Bank Stadium.
Shortly after the Ravens defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, Modell passed on the day to day operations to his son David. In 2003, Modell sold the Ravens to minority owner, Maryland businessman Steve Bisciotti. Under the deal, Modell retained a small interest (approximately 1% share) in the Ravens.
The Ravens’ regular season record during Modell’s tenure as team owner stands at 72–63.
To celebrate the Ravens trip to the Super Bowl this year, it truly would be fitting for Art to be selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the eve of the big game.