Thursday, November 21, 2013
No Hall of Fame for Art Modell this year
By Jamison Hensley
Art Modell, the former owner of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, will not make the Pro Football Hall of Fame this time around.
Modell, perhaps the most controversial finalist last year, didn't make the semifinalist list for the Class of 2014, which was announced Tuesday night. He had been a semifinalist for eight of the previous nine years and was a finalist in 2002 and 2013.
Six coaches and contributors made the semifinal round this year: 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 , who was a Baltimore native.
The biggest roadblock for Modell remains his relocation of the Browns to Baltimore in 1996. There are four owners in the Hall of Fame who have moved their franchises: Dan Reeves (Rams), Al Davis (Raiders), Lamar Hunt (Chiefs) and George Preston Marshall (Redskins).
"I do think he’s the most accomplished person in the history of the NFL that is not in," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said last year.