Bettis, Ogden, Modell are HOF semifinalists

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2013 and four members with AFC North ties made the cut.

Running back Jerome Bettis, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, linebacker Kevin Greene and owner Art Modell now will look to be among the 15 finalists, which will be revealed in early January. The Class of 2013, which can include no more than five modern-era nominees, will be announced the day before the Super Bowl.

Bettis, who played for the Steelers from 1996 to 2005, was a finalist last season. Ogden, who played his entire career with the Ravens (1996 to 2007), is in his first year of eligibility.

This marks the eighth time in the past nine years that Modell has been named a semifinalist. Modell, majority owner of the Browns from 1961 to 1995 and the Ravens from 1996 to 2004, was a finalist in 2001. Click here if you want to read my stance on Modell getting inducted to the Hall of Fame.

Greene, who played for the Steelers from 1993 to 1995, is a semifinalist for the sixth straight year.