Report: Art Modell Denied Entrance Into Pro Football HOF

As a football franchise owner, as a businessman, as a stadium owner, as a HOF candidate. Art Modell has failed at all of these things. The streak continues.

Modell did not make the first cut from 15 to 10. Others left off the list of 10 were Tim Brown, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Kevin Greene and Will Shields. The seven going to Canton are Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Bill Parcells, Curley Culp, and Dave Robinson.

Modell was the owner of the Cleveland Browns from 1961-1995, until he moved his team to Baltimore where they became the Ravens. The Browns made 17 postseason appearances, including winning the 1964 NFL Championship under Art Modell’s ownership. He owned the Ravens from 1996-2003 and saw his team win the Super Bowl in 2000. Financial troubles caused him to sell the majority stake in the team to Steve Bisciotti in 2003.

Modell was a Hall of Fame finalist one other time in 2001 and had been a semifinalist every year since 2004, with the exception of 2008.

Modell died on September 12th of last year at the age of 87 due to natural causes. The Ravens had dedicated this Super Bowl season to Modell with an “Art” patch on their jerseys among other vocal displays by players.

The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII tomorrow evening.

Related: Modell’s HOF Bid Shouldn’t Pit Baltimore vs. Cleveland

  • MrCleaveland

    Ha haaaa, nice lead, Kirk.

    This is a good omen. If he couldn’t get in this year, then when? He’ll never have a better shot.

  • Eric G

    Score one for the good guys! How many more opportunities does he have or was that it?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Great I hope this is the last of this topic for at least a year if not longer.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    As jimkanicki has illustrated, he doesn’t deserve to be in the HOF. Most predictions I saw agreed. I think we here in Cleveland blew this possibility up to bigger than it was.

  • Kildawg

    I agree. Big vote ups for this.

  • Kildawg

    As long as Modell is brought up as a possibility for the HOF, it is always a big deal and us Cleveland fans have to do all we can to keep him out. Jim Kanicki and Frownie have done the due diligence and those articles need archived for future reference.

  • thepaledragon


  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I didn’t say we might have overblown the importance of it, only the possibility that he would get in.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    and I agree that we should bookmark kanicki’s posts and frowns’s legal docs for possible future use…

  • jimkanicki

    i’m trying to decide if we had our buttons pushed (it was never close) or if this was a bizarrely strong class (it was) and modell was a victim of numbers.

    really not sure..

  • VABuckeye

    Proof that God exists….

  • bossman09

    great justice

  • Steve K


  • mgbode

    Art will be kept out of Ohio(in his case Canton) yet another year.

  • Wow

    How is Tim Brown not in?!

  • Myron Sorozak Jr.

    In some thirty plus years Art Modell created some sweet deals for the NFL. But in those thirty plus years Modell NEVER once led the Cleveland Browns into a Super Bowl. In two close near misses the Browns were derailed by :”the Drive” (Denver) and by “Red right 88” (against Oakland). Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Just like Al Lerner and Randy Lerner the owner was more interested in other matters rather then Super Bowls for his football teams. Modell made his first huge booboo by firing one of the greatest head coaches ever…Paul Brown. Then added insult after insult by winning division titles which led to nowhere close to a Super Bowl. Let’s face facts that Modell was more interested in smoozing the NFL when was broke then a Super Bowl. He went broke because Cleveland fans grew sick and tired of his shenanigans and quit supporting the team. That’s why he was unpopular and broke in Cleveland. How then did he find enough money in Baltimore to win a Lombardi Trophy? A great mystery we’ll never solve now that Art has departed this life.

  • mgbode

    “He went broke because Cleveland fans grew sick and tired of his shenanigans and quit supporting the team”

    Ummm, no. In other news, I hear if you give a troll a token that he goes back under his bridge.