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Modell doesn't make Hall of Fame list of 17 finalists

Art Modell, the former majority owner of the Ravens, didn't make the cut as the Hall of Fame committee announced its 17 finalists. Shannon Sharpe, who played tight end for the Ravens in 2000 and 2001, was named a finalist for the second straight season.

The selection committee will announce the inductees on Feb. 6, the day before the Super Bowl.

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Modell has been a semifinalist for six of the past seven years. His candidacy has been a hot button issue with voters because of his unpopular relocation of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in February 1996.

Modell was last a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2001. Since then, he was a semifinalist in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

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The Ravens' majority owner from 1996 to 2004, Modell sold the team to Steve Bisciotti. He is now a minority owner of the Ravens.

Besides Sharpe, the other 16 finalists are: wide receiver-returner Tim Brown, receiver Cris Carter; coach Don Coryell; running back Roger Craig; center Dermontti Dawson; defensive end Richard Dent; guard Russ Grimm; defensive end-linebacker Charles Haley; linebacker Rickey Jackson; defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy; defensive tackle John Randle; receiver Andre Reed; wide receiver Jerry Rice; running back Emmitt Smith; cornerback-coach Dick LeBeau and running back Floyd Little.

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