Art Modell, Shannon Sharpe, and Rod Woodson have all made the list of modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the first time on the ballot for Rod Woodson and Shannon Sharpe. They are three of the 17 names on the list right now that will be reduced to 15 finalist which will be announced in January. The Class of 2009 for the Hall of Fame will be selected the Saturday before the Super Bowl. Having had the privilege to be there at the press conference when they are announced, it is amazing to see the reaction of these men when they are told the news.
Although there is no set number that has to be enshrined every year, the ground rules say that between four and seven new members will be selected each year.
My guess is that Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodson will be the first players in the Hall of Fame to have played for the Ravens. Unfortunately, I do not think that Mr. Modell will make it again. Every year it seems that he gets knocked out of the final selection process early.
Here is the rest of the list of people eligible for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in 2009.