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David Modell, a former president of the Baltimore Ravens and the son of former team owner Art Modell, died of lung cancer Friday, the team announced. He was 56. Called the "unsung son," Mr. Modell was considered an architect of the Ravens team that won Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.


"David hated losing," said Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston. "And when he won that trophy — he called it Big Betty — he slept with it. He never cleaned it. He wanted people to touch it and he took it everywhere."


David Modell was born David Orrick McDearmon Jr. in Willoughby, Ohio. His parents were involved in television. His mother, Patricia Breslin Modell, was a regular character on the 1950s television shows including "The People's Choice" and "Peyton Place." His father, David Orrick McDearmon Jr., directed episodes of television shows "Peter Gunn," "The Twilight Zone" and "Bewitched." They later divorced.



Art Modell, a Cleveland advertising executive who owned the Cleveland Browns, adopted him in 1969 after his marriage to Patricia Breslin. The 9-year-old became David Modell and bonded enthusiastically with his adoptive father, family members said.


More: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-david-modell-20170113-story.html

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56 is awfully young.

He seemed "for real" meaning it wasn't an act that he cared about Baltimore and the fans.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: classy Dad and classy son.


This is the first photo that popped into my head of David.

He couldn't get his eyes off that trophy. He was mesmerized.



Let's get Art in here too! :gorave:



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