Jeffrey Lurie on Art Modell's death

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie joined the NFL in 1994, when Art Modell was still the Cleveland Browns owner. He moved the Browns to Baltimore, where they became the Ravens in 1996, and continued to own the team until 2004. Modell died on Thursday morning. 

Here is a statement from Lurie:

“I will always be thankful for the way Art Modell reached out to me and made me feel welcome when I first became owner of the Eagles. Art was a man with a wonderful sense of humor. He also had a visionary grasp of the importance of making professional football accessible to television audiences, helping build the sport’s popularity to this day. We extend our condolences to the Modell family on his passing."