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Ravens QB Joe Flacco speaks up for Art Modell

Joe Flacco

seemed pretty relaxed during his hour before the assembled media, but he got serious in a hurry when a Baltimore reporter asked him whether

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Art Modell

should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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“The reason [the NFL] is as popular as it is today and guys are making the money is a lot because of what he’s done and the vision that he had,’’ Flacco said. “That’s my thing. He should be in it, but if he’s not in it, what’s that say about the Hall of Fame?”

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Modell is one of 17 finalists for induction this year. The voters will decided on the 2013 class on Saturday.

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