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2017 Baltimore Ravens Yearbook

IN MEMORIAM DAVID MODELL David Modell, former president of the Ravens, passed away on Jan. 13, 2017 after battling cancer for almost two years. Modell, 55, served as president from the team’s beginning in 1996 through the Super Bowl XXXV championship in 2000 and continued in that capacity until 2004. From the selection of the team name and colors, to the move to M&T Bank Stadium in 1998, to the hiring of Brian Billick, David coordinated the efforts as team president. His fingerprints are still present on many of what have become Ravens favorites and traditions. With the Ravens, Modell pointed to a clearly defined bottom line: “Our vnumber one goal is to win. This oversimplification cannot be re-stated often enough. It shapes every decision and action this organization takes,” Modell said. “I don’t want us just to be the best football team. We aspire to be the best business organization. We want to set the standard on and off the field.” David also believed in inclusion. “We try and make everyone in the organization understand that what they do is important to our success,” David said. “At the same time, anything that involves the fans, we try to include the fans in the decision. Before we built the stadium, we asked our season ticket holders what was important to them at the new facility. We asked, listened, and then made sure we gave them what they wanted.” Stated New York Giants president and CEO John K. Mara: “David was a devoted family man, an innovative executive and a good friend. He helped make the Baltimore Ravens one of the most respected franchises in the NFL. David had such a huge impact on the franchise. He oversaw construction of one of the best stadiums in the country and helped put together one of the finest front offices in the League. His imprint on the Ravens and the City of Baltimore will be felt for many years.” CLARENCE BROOKS Clarence Brooks, the Ravens’ longest-tenured assistant coach during the 2016 season, passed away on Sept. 17 at a hospital in Weston, Fla., following a battle with esophageal and stomach cancer. He was 65. The beloved Brooks – referred to by most as “C.B.” – originally joined the organization in 2005 and served 11 seasons as defensive line coach. In the spring of ‘16, while undergoing intense treatment for his illness, he transitioned into a senior defensive assistant role, but still spent as much time as he possibly could working with players and fellow coaches, including during training camp. Brooks was a 24-year NFL coaching veteran and one of six assistant coaches retained by John Harbaugh upon his 2008 Baltimore arrival. “One of the finest coaches I have ever met, he changed the lives and influenced players and coaches for the better,” Harbaugh said. “He was a great man, loving husband and devoted father. He was as tough and determined in adversity as you’ll ever see and as loyal a friend as there is.” In addition to the Ravens, “C.B.” coached for the Dolphins (2000-04), Browns (1999) and Bears (1993-98). Brooks also spent 17 years in the collegiate ranks holding coaching positions at Arizona (1990-92) – where he was instrumental in the notable “Desert Swarm” defense that led the nation in scoring defense in 1992 – Syracuse (1981-89) and his alma mater Massachusetts (1976-80). 18 2017 BALTIMORE RAVENS YEARBOOK


2017 Baltimore Ravens Yearbook
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