Countdown to The Draft
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By Tony Grossi
Former Browns owner Art Modell did not advance in Pro Football Hall of Fame voting on Saturday.
Modell, one of 15 modern era finalists for the second time in his career, was eliminated on the first cut to 10.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2013, as announced by Executive Director Steve Perry, will consist of:
Guard Larry Allen, receiver Cris Carter, offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden, coach Bill Parcells, defensive lineman Warren Sapp, defensive lineman Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson. Culp and Robinson were the senior nominees.
Besides Modell, the first cut elminated receiver Tim Brown, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., linebacker/pass rusher Kevin Green and guard Will Shields.
Eliminated on the second cut to five (plus the senior candidates) were running back Jerome Bettis, pass rusher Charles Haley, receiver Andre Reed, defensive lineman Michael Strahan and cornerback Aeneas Williams.
Modell also was eliminated on the first cut in 2002, which is the only other time he made it as a finalist in the annual Hall of Fame selection meeting. Modell, who died on Sept. 6 and whose second team, the Baltimore Ravens, will play Sunday in Super Bowl 47, received a lot of oral support in a discussion that last over 32 minutes. Only Parcells' discussion, which lasted 55 minutes, went longer.
The meeting began at 8 a.m. Central time and discussions on each of the 17 candidates finally concluded at 3:17 p.m.
Check back for a comprehensive look at the process on this site.
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