Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

2. Art Modell

Lost in the debate regarding his Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy, Arthur Bertram Modell built football in one city – Cleveland – and rebuilt the modern NFL in another, Baltimore. He saw Monday Night Football and the financial model of using television in the NFL to make the league wealthy. He sat in every television meeting the league had for 35 years right next to Pete Rozelle, who is probably the No. 1 sports visionary on the planet over the last 50 years.

Modell’s journey was never easy, never unchallenged. He saw the power and growth of the Cleveland Clinic as a philanthropist and his name sits on what used to be the Lyric Theatre in downtown Baltimore.

He brought football back to Baltimore and that alone continues to make an impact and give the community active Sundays, civic pride and a reason to rally. He dreamed a lot of dreams growing up poor without a father. He did well and left Baltimore much better than he found it.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    This list is spot on…but somewhere in 16, Ray Lewis’ name should have appeared. No doubt about it.

  2. TimNATC Says:

    Heck of a job with this list! I see one that is missing though. His name is Nestor Aparicio. You cannot be a Baltimore sports fan and not recognize what Nestor has done for/meant to the city of Baltimore. Nestor worked hard from a young age to learn and master his craft. When he started WNST people laughed and said he would fail. He had a nationally syndicated radio show and gave it up because he didn’t want to leave his hometown. We should all be thankful that he stayed. Since I have known Nestor (I only really know him through listening and reading) he has always been ahead of his time. He loves sports, he loves Baltimore. Thank you Nestor!

  3. Rich Says:

    TimNATC stole my thunder. Except somehow I believe Nestor’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of 16, but is blatantly included by way of the byline. I, too, believe Nestor is the ultimate Baltimore sports dream-come-true story, but you’d be hard-pressed to fill the stands with enough believers. I don’t think he’d really want it any other way. Nice work, Nasty, as always.

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