Re: "Unlock doors to Hall for Modell"
That is one of the good things that Modell did. When the AFL merged with the NFL, the NFL had 16 teams and the AFL only had 10. Art Modell was good friends with Art Rooney, and he convinced him and the owner of the Colts to make the switch to balance the league out. It was a really big deal because most people still thought the AFL was a joke. The move legitimized the AFL (now the AFC).
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