Ogden, Modell among HOF finalists

Ogden, Modell among HOF finalists
January 11, 2013, 10:45 am
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Jonathan Ogden and the late Art Modell were among the group of 15 modern-era finalists that will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, according to a press release from the NFL.

The Hall of Fame has a Selection Committee that will meet in New Orleans next month to pick its new members. Overall, there are 17 to be considered as the Seniors Committee nominated two others. 

Ogden was the first draft choice of the Ravens when the team came to town in 1996 and became one of the game's greatest offensive linemen-- and left tackles -- ever. The Ravens made him the No. 4 pick in that draft -- taking Ray Lewis later in the first round -- and Ogden played for 12 years, making the Pro Bowl 11 times. 

This was his first year of eligibility as he retired after the 2007 season. 

For Modell, who died this past September, it's just his second time as a finalist as the move from Cleveland to Baltimore hurt his chances of getting in even though he was a powerful figure in the NFL, especially in the area of television. 

He was the owner of the team from 1961-2004. 

Here's a list of all 17 people who will be considered by the Committee: Larry Allen, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Art Modell, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Dave Robinson, Warren Sapp, Will Shields, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams.

Culp and Robinson were the two nominated by the Seniors Committee. The final selections for the Hall will be announced in New Orleans Super Bowl weekend.