NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opened up his annual Super Bowl news conference with a tribute to former Ravens owner Art Modell and NFL Films creative force Steve Sabol, both of whom passed away since last year’s Super Bowl.
“There are two important people who are not here, but very much on our minds,’’ Goodell said. "Art Modell, the legendary former owner of the Ravens, who passed away in September. Art’s spirit is certainly here this week, and his name will be on the Ravens jersey on Sunday, as it has all season. And this is the first Super Bowl without Steve Sabol, the creative genius behind NFL Films. His imprint is all over our game and the Super Bowl. Steve and Art were innovators. They inspire us to exceed our expectations.”