Nonsense season has been averted: Former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell was not named among the 25 finalists for this year’s induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Six coaches and “contributors” made the semifinal round for the 2014 class which includes former coaches Don Coryell, Tony Dungy and Jimmy Johnson, former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former general manager George Young.
Modell won an NFL title with the Browns and a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, but will be best remembered for being a complete failure as a businessman and subsequently moving the franchise from Cleveland following the 1995 season. He was a finalist in 2002 and 2013 and a semifinalist seven times in the years between. Modell’s run in 2013, following his death, was one of the more controversial stories of the year, ultimately resulting in him being denied entry.