"I don't know what we can do," Newsome said tonight during a conference call with season ticket holders. "My biggest fear is once he passes away then he'll get the opportunity to go in. I don't think that's fair."
Modell has been a controversial Hall of Fame candidate since moving the original Browns to Baltimore in February of 1996, making him an extremely unpopular figure with Cleveland fans.
Modell suffered a mild stroke and a mild heart attack nine years ago. After moving the franchise to Maryland, he eventually sold majority interest of the Ravens to Maryland businessman Steve Bisciotti.
Modell retains a one-percent ownership and has an office at the Ravens' training complex. There's a large painting of Modell in the lobby of team headquarters located above the Ravens' lone Vince Lombardi trophy.
Modell hasn't been a finalist for the Hall of Fame in a decade. He didn't make the cut to the finalists again this year.
"He deserves to be in there," said Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end with the Browns who was inducted in 1999. "He deserves to go in before I did."
Ozzie Newsome on Art Modell
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