BALTIMORE — Art Modell died without gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The reason is presumably because one perceived misdeed overshadowed his numerous contributions to the NFL.
During his 43 years as a team owner, Modell served as president of the league, helped create the first collective bargaining agreement with the players and was instrumental in creating a bond with television that propelled the NFL into prominence.
He also moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996. Although the Browns started up an expansion team in 1999, received a new stadium and retained their colors and history — a concession by Modell — the city of Cleveland and many Hall of Fame voters never forgave him for taking away the Browns.