Long-time Browns owner moved the team from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996. He was able to do in four years with the Ravens what he couldn’t do in nearly forty with the Browns: win a Superbowl.
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Maryland police have charged 61-year-old Paul S. Serbu of Franklin, Ohio with disorderly conduct in a cemetery after being caught urinating on the grave of Art Modell.
Serbu was described by the police as a Cleveland Browns fan. If convicted he faces up to two years in prison and a $500 fine.
Modell was the owner of the Cleveland Browns from 1961 to 1995, but moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 and renamed it the Baltimore Ravens. Modell earned the ire of many Browns fans, who were equally angry that the team had not won an NFL title since 1965 and had lost three AFC Championship games in four years in the mid-1980s.
Modell sold his majority stake in the Ravens to Steve Bisciotti in 2004. He passed away in 2012, four months later, the Ravens won Superbowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Browns relaunched in 1999, but has had only 1 playoff appearance in the last 15 years, a loss to Pittsburgh in 2002.