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Modell among 25 semifinalists for Hall of Fame

Art Modell, the former majority owner of the Ravens, is among the 25 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2010. The list will be cut to 15 finalists on Jan. 7.

Modell's candidacy has been a hot button issue with voters because of his unpopular relocation of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in February 1996.

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Modell was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2001. This marks the seventh time that he has been a semifinalist (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010).

Modell was the Ravens' majority owner from 1996 to 2004, when he sold the team to Steve Bisciotti. He is now the Ravens' minority owner.

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Former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, who was a finalist for the Class of 2009, was also among the semifinalists.

The other 23 semifinalists are: wide receiver Cliff Branch; wide receiver-returner Tim Brown, receiver Cris Carter; coach Don Coryell; running back Roger Craig; running back Terrell Davis; center Dermontti Dawson; defensive end Richard Dent; defensive end-linebacker Chris Doleman; linebacker-defensive end Kevin Greene; guard Russ Grimm; punter Ray Guy; defensive end-linebacker Charles Haley; cornerback Lester Hayes; linebacker Rickey Jackson; defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy; defensive tackle John Randle; receiver Andre Reed; receiver Jerry Rice; running back Emmitt Smith; former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue; special teams ace Steve Tasker; and cornerback Aeneas Williams.

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