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TOFN podcast: HOF MLB Willie Lanier revisits the longest NFL game ever played

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TOFN podcast: HOF MLB Willie Lanier revisits the 1970 bench-clearing brawl with Raiders

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TOFN podcast: HOF MLB Willie Lanier revisits Super Bowl IV

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The 1971 AFC playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins was the longest pro football game ever played. It was a game that sent the two franchises in opposite directions – the Dolphins would go on to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls and the Chiefs would go the next 14 seasons without qualifying for the playoffs.

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On this podcastt we’ll discuss with Willie Lanier the 1970 regular-season game that featured a bench-clearing brawl with the Oakland Raiders that wound up a 17-17 tie, costing the Kansas City Chiefs a playoff spot and the chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

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But there was more at stake in that Super Bowl than AFL pride and the chance to show the world that the Kansas City Chiefs had assembled one of the greatest defenses ever – in fact, the last Super Bowl championship defense to lead the league across the board in all four the major statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense.

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Kansas City was the last Super Bowl champion to finish first across the board in the four major defensive statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense. The Chiefs lined up five Hall of Famers on defense that season – tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, linebackers Bobby Bell and Lanier and cornerback Emmitt Thomas.

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First-ballot choices or equally qualified candidates waiting on line? It’s a question that faces Hall of Fame voters and is the subject of the latest Talk of Fame Network podcast.

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It’s not too early to start handicapping the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 … and that’s exactly what a panel of Hall-of-Fame voters do on the latest Talk of Fame Network podcast.

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FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira, the former head of NFL officiating, believes that what we saw from Super Bowl LII is what we’ll get from replay in 2018. Plus, he believes officials blew the call on “the Philly Special,” and he tells us why.

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We visit this week with 2018 Hall-of-Fame inductee Bobby Beathard, as well as four Hall-of-Fame voters and John Turney of Pro Football Journal, to go inside this year’s Hall-of-Fame class.

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Charles Haley underwent surgery on a ruptured disk in his back suffered in the 13th game of the 1995 season but was back on the field two months later for that Super Bowl.

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Charles Haley played in a Super Bowl in Bill Walsh’s final game as head coach of the 49ers and in another Super Bowl in Jimmy Johnson’s final game as head coach of the Cowboys.

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Only twice in Super Bowl history has the champion scored 50 points in a game and Charles was on the winning side in both games – the 49ers’ 55-10 demolition of the Broncos in 1990 and the Cowboys 52-17 pasting of the Bills in 1993.

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The 49ers wound up as the NFL’s team of the decade in the 1980s with those four Super Bowls and Charles Haley was quick to give credit to the man responsible – Hall of Fame owner Eddie DeBartolo. Haley asked DeBartolo to present him in Canton for his own Hall of Fame induction.

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Charles Haley recalls that game – and why he would still take Joe Montana over Tom Brady as his quarterback. Brady is the only other player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings.

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Jerry Kramer has been a Hall-of-Fame finalist 11 times, including twice as a senior committee nominee. He is only the fifth player with 10 or more appearances as a finalist. Will he finally get to Canton and make his first visit to the Hall of Fame this year? Our Hall-of-Fame voters, Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin …

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Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis are both All-Decade middle linebackers. Will they both be enshrined in Canton this year?

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