Modell Doesn't Make H.O.F. Cut

The Ravens were hoping that this would be the year when Art Modell would make the final cut into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his name was left off the ballot of 15 potential inductees.

However, Baltimore is represented by former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe who made the cut.

Modell was the man who brought NFL football to Baltimore in 1996, when he moved the Cleveland Browns franchise he owned since 1961.

Modell sold the majority rights of the team to Steve Bisciotti in 2004, but still remains a fixture of the Ravens organization.

In fact, Modell was on the field during Thursday's practice to break the huddle with Ravens director of player development O.J. Brigance, who is suffering from ALS.

"Having Art Modell and O.J. Brigance in the huddle was special," said head coach John Harbaugh.  "They're part of us, obviously. Art Modell is the foundation of this whole organization and this whole franchise. O.J. Brigance is probably the spiritual foundation of this whole football team. So, they're what we're built on."

Modell was a finalist in 2001 and a semifinalist in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

This is Sharpe's second straight year as a finalist.  Sharpe was an integral part of the Ravens team that won Super Bowl XXXV.

When he retired in 2002, Sharpe's 815 career receptions for 10,060 yards set NFL records for tight ends.

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