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NFL Hall of Fame finalists 2013: Art Modell a potential inductee

Modell is remembered in Cleveland as the fan that moved the Browns to Baltimore to become the Ravens.

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The controversial legacy of Art Modell will be placed in the spotlight on Saturday when a Selection Committee decides if the former-Cleveland Browns owner is deserving of induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET and Modell is one of 15 modern-era nominees.

To be an official inductee, a nominee must receive at least 80 percent of the approval votes from the committee and no more than five of the modern-era nominees can be inducted.

Modell purchased the Browns in 1961 for $4 million and had immediate success with the team, including the winning of the 1964 NFL Championship Game. However, the team struggled for most of his ownership and he drew the ire of Cleveland fans with an eventual relocation to Baltimore in 1996.

Also nominated for induction is former Ohio State great, Cris Carter, who had a very successful NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings.

The announcement of the official Class of 2013 will be aired on NFL Network.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.