BALTIMORE — Art Modell is one particular phase closer to obtaining his prolonged-awaited induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
The former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns proprietor is a finalist for the 2023 corridor of fame as a mentor/contributor.
Modell is one of 12 finalists, which also features Roone Arledge, Don Coryell, Mike Holmgren, Frank “Bucko” Kilroy, Robert Kraft, Art Modell, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Artwork Rooney Jr., Mike Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy and John Wooten.
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The coach/contributor committee will satisfy on Aug. 23, and only just one will progress.
Modell was the operator of the Cleveland Browns from 1961 until 1995. He was instrumental in relocating the staff to Baltimore in 1996 where by he was operator from the crew till 2011.
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He was owner of the 1964 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns, and of the Tremendous Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens in 2000.
Modell created controversial moves in Cleveland, which included firing namesake Paul Brown, the franchise’s initial head coach, releasing Jim Brown and relocating the Browns to Baltimore.
Under the conditions of an NFL-brokered settlement, Modell remaining the Browns’ title and tradition in Cleveland, which was assumed by a new Browns staff in 1999. In return, Modell retained the contracts of all Browns personnel and reconstituted his business as the Baltimore Ravens, who are officially reckoned as a 1996 expansion workforce.
Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87.