The man who moved the Browns is one step closer to enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The late Art Modell, former owner of the Browns who then moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 and won a Super Bowl in 2001, made another cut and is now one of 15 finalists up for induction into the Hall of Fame. This is the second time Modell has reached the finals, and the first time since 2002.
A committee of 46 media representatives will choose the inductees Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl. Candidates need an approval rate of 80 percent to be enshrined. This means Modell will need 37 of 46 possible votes. Each Hall of Fame class can consist of no more than seven members.
The other finalists include wide receiver Cris Carter, running back Jerome Bettis, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive end Michael Strahan, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, wide receiver Tim Brown, guard Larry Allen, wide receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Green, cornerback Aeneas Williams, coach Bill Parcells and former San Francisco 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.
Modell died this past September at the age of 87.