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.
Hall of fame final 10: Allen, Bettis, carter, Haley, Ogden, parcels, reed, sapp, strahan, williams — will be cut to 5.
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.
Not making the cut from 15 to 10 — Brown, DeBartolo, Greene, Modell, Shields,
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.
Kirk Lammers grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and is a graduate of THE Ohio State University. He now lives in Northeast Ohio, and you can find him at the ballpark, at the Q, or far too often on Twitter (@WFNYKirk)."