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Jerry Jones Pays Respects, Attends Modell Funeral

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 BALTIMORE (CBSDFW/AP) – Thousands of family and friends turned out Tuesday for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

“He was a heck of a sportsman, loved football…was passionate about it and is someone that will be missed” Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan.

An important figure in the development of the league, Modell was one of the NFL’s most polarizing owners. Cleveland fans never forgave him from moving his club to Baltimore for financial reasons after the 1995 season, but Ravens fans were fond of him and he also was remembered as a loving family man on Tuesday.

Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith were among current Ravens players who attended the funeral. Former Ravens players Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware and Rob Burnett also went to the service, which Rabbi Andrew Busch presided over.

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