Browns fans brace as Modell up for Hall of Fame

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 01, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24: Art Modell, previous owner of of the Baltimore Ravens comes onto the field for halftime celebrations of the ten year Super Bowl anniversary team during the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bills lead the Ravens at the half 24-20. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
The possible election of late Cleveland and Baltimore owner Art Modell to the Pro Football Hall of Fame has Browns fans on edge. Modell is one of 15 finalists up for consideration on Saturday in New Orleans by a selection committee which will select between four and seven new members to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, this summer. Coach Bill Parcells, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and running back Jerome Bettis are among the other candidates. While Modell is credited with helping the NFL's growth as an influential owner, Cleveland fans haven't forgiven him for moving the Browns to Baltimore in 1996. Modell died in September, and the Ravens have made their run to the Super Bowl this year wearing ''Art'' patched on their jerseys.
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