Former Browns Owner Has Mild Heart Attack

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell (pictured, right) is recovering from a mild heart attack in a California hospital.

Modell, who had the heart attack last Friday, is "doing excellently," said his son, David.

The former Cleveland Browns owner is scheduled to be released from Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Wednesday.

Modell, 76, who was at his California vacation home at the time, is expected to fly back to Baltimore, where he will undergo further tests at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"The fact that the doctors are letting him fly speaks volumes to how he is doing," David Modell said. "He is doing great."

Art Modell has had a history of heart problems.

In 1983, he underwent an emergency quadruple bypass operation after a heart attack. Seven years later, he had double bypass coronary surgery.

David Modell said his father was keeping his sense of humor and "acts like he has a new audience around for his jokes with all the doctors and nurses at Eisenhower."

Modell, who completed his 41st season in the NFL, was one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame two months ago but was not elected. He moved the old Browns to Baltimore after the 1995 season.

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