The life of an NFL owner is an exclusive one. There are, after all, only 31 members, not including the Green Bay Packers, who are owned by that Wisconsin community.
It’s a life that includes the best restaurant tables in any city and a level of celebrity commensurate with one’s willingness to accept it.
Members of said club are also subject to hero worship in a town. People take football seriously and the owner of a team is thought in some circles to be the keeper of a sacred flame, a monarch of sorts, if you will.
David Modell, who died two weeks ago of lung cancer, got as close to that throne as one can get.