Former Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is among 103 candidates eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Modell, who brought the Browns to Baltimore in 1996 and remained control of the team until selling to Steve Bisciotti in 2004, is among 18 contributors to the game eligible. That group includes former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and owner Bud Adams Jr., Jack Kent Cooke and Ed DeBartolo Jr.
Among 11 first-year eligible candidates are quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, cornerback Troy Vincent, and coaches Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer.
The list of 103 candidates will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in mid-November and to 15 finalists in early January.
Modell, vilified in Cleveland for moving the Browns, hasn’t been a finalist for the Hall since 2001.