Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, the Ravens first-ever draft pick and an 11-time Pro Bowl tackle, is among the first-time nominees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The initial list of 127 nominees, which will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November, also includes former Ravens owner Art Modell, who died earlier this month.
Three other former Ravens are also among this years first-time nominees: defensive tackle Sam Adams (who played for the Ravens from 2000-01), quarterback Steve McNair (2006-07) and running back Priest Holmes (1997-2000).
The remainder of the first-time nominees include offensive lineman Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, wide receiver Keenan McCardell, center Tom Nalen, defensive end Michael Strahan, and defensive linemen Ted Washington and Bryant Young.
Ogden, who the Ravens selected No. 4 overall with their first-ever draft pick in 1996, is considered a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor in 2008.
Modells case is certainly more complicated.
He has been viewed as one of the games pioneers and visionaries and was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2001. But many believe his candidacy has always been hurt by his decision to move the Browns franchise to Baltimore.
He has been a semifinalist seven times since 2001 but has never made the final cut. After his death, there was strong sentiment that he belongs enshrined in Canton.
Will he get there this time?
The list of 25 semifinalists will be further trimmed to 15 in early January, and the election of the Class of 2013 will take place on Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl. According to the Hall of Fames by-laws, anywhere from four to seven new members can be selected. The formal induction will take place next August.