Forecasts of former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden being enshrined in Canton, Ohio, as a first-ballot Hall of Famer took a step toward becoming reality Friday, as did the postmortem addition of former Ravens owner Art Modell.
Ogden joined offensive lineman Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan as first-year eligible players among the 27 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Ogden spent his entire 12-year career with the Ravens after being selected fourth overall in the 1996 draft. He appeared in 11 Pro Bowls and was a nine-time All-Pro, including four first-team nods.
Modell was an NFL owner from 1961-1995, and brought the Ravens to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996. He passed away at age 87 in September. Modell won two championships and had three runner-up finishes in a 43-year run as an owner that included 28 winning seasons. He was previously a finalist for the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the semifinalists from a list of 127 nominees. There are usually 25 semifinalists, but there are two more this year because of a three-way tie for the final position.
The list of semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists, which will be announced in early January.
Th 2013 class will be chosen and announced on Feb. 2 in New Orleans, the day before Super Bowl XLVII. Induction will take place on Aug. 3 in Canton.