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Love him or hate him, the NFL simply would not have been the same without Art Modell.
Modell bought the Cleveland Browns in 1961 for $4 million and remained one of the most celebrated owners in the NFL until 1995.
Modell was one of the driving forces between the expansion of the NFL, lucrative television deals and the merger with the AFL.
Among the innovations Modell spearheaded were national television coverage, numerous expansion franchises, revenue sharing, preseason games and Monday Night Football.
In addition to his football ideas, Modell was celebrated as a humanitarian and was revered in the city of Cleveland.
That's why it hurt even more when he decided to move his franchise to Baltimore.
The Browns were founded in 1946 and over their five-decade run in Cleveland, they built one of the most ardent followings of any hometown crowd in the league.
However, over the course of their final two seasons in Cleveland, Modell lost $21 million and decided to move the franchise to Baltimore.
The move was met with everything from public outcry to court cases to death threats against Modell, but nothing stood in the way of the move.
Modell remained the owner of the Baltimore Ravens until 2003 when financial hardships forced him to sell the franchise to minority owner Steve Bisciotti.
Modell remained a villain in Cleveland right up until his death on September 6.
In fact, his family was so concerned that a brief memorial to him at the first Browns game after his death would spark an ugly protest that the Modell family requested the memorial be canceled.
However, Modell was honored and memorialized in other places around the NFL.
Modell died of natural causes at the age of 87.