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You can read Hall of Fame contributors Ron Borges, Clark Judge and Rick Gosselin NFL Columns about every topic related to the League, the Players and the Pro Football Hall of Fame

In Bobby Turner the San Francisco 49ers trust

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The ring’s the thing for QBs

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A good-bye to “Mr. Rooney”

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Bill Belichick believes that keeping his coaching staff small is a key part of the Patriots’ success.

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Nick Buoniconti was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Today he wishes he’d nver played pro football.

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Bobby Turner has been a running-back coach in the NFL for 22 seasons. In that time he has produced 16 1,000-yard rushing seasons by nine different backs. And not a one of them was a first-round draft pick.

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The Hall of Fame stands as proof that championships matter. Of the 30 modern-era quarterbacks enshrined in Canton, 24 of them won NFL titles and four others took their teams to championship games.

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Dan Rooney also was the driving force of a rule that opened the NFL door for minorities to be hired as head coaches and general managers. Fittingly, it was dubbed, “The Rooney Rule.” He practiced what he was preaching, hiring Mike Tomlin 2007.

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There have been 105 quarterbacks selected in the first round since 1967 but only 12 took teams to championships.

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What Tony Romo has are his statistics. Playing in an era that favored aerial football, his 34,183 passing yards are plenty by Dallas standards… but not by NFL standards.

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So what will the Raiders miss most about Oakland, a city they will leave for the second time in 40 years? We asked a panel in and around the franchise.

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Blocking also was a problem for the Detroit Lions a year ago when they finished 30th in the NFL rushing. So Detroit spent $76 million for a couple of new offensive linemen this offseason in free agency.

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The NFL’s decision to let the Raiders leave the Oakland Coliseum ends a time that will never return.

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Former San Francisco 49ers’ star Dwight Clark is the latest football player diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. So what does this mean for him and others in the NFL? We asked an expert.

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Ohio State is one of the most productive feeder program, with 77 first-round picks to its credit. Paul Warifled is one of the great receivers in NFL history but if you’re looking for linebackers OSU is the place to go.

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DeMarcus Ware leaves the NFL with the 11th most sacks in history at 138 ½ but the second-most by an outside linebacker, trailing only Kevin Greene at 160. But Greene played three more seasons and 50 more games than Ware.

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Drew Brees ranks third on the all-time passing list with his 66,111 passing yards and 465 touchdowns. He went to nine Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.

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