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Who was the biggest oversight in the HOF Class of 2017?

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There were 11 NFL all-decade performers among the modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. Seven failed to muster enough support for a bust in Canton.

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The Jets upset of the Colts in 1969 holds the greatest historical significance in Super Bowl annals. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ.

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Tony Romo turns 37 in 2017. He has battled a variety of injuries that have cost him starts since 2012. But he still believes he can play – and wants the chance.

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In addition to LaDainian Tomlinson, there are six other first-time finalists on the ballot of 15 modern-era candidates. Five of them were named to NFL all-decade teams.

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Paul Brown became the first coach to win both a national college championship (at Ohio State) and an NFL title. Only Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer have done it since.

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Otto Graham took the Cleveland Browns to the championship game all 10 of his seasons, winning seven titles. He also won a record 83.4 percent of his career starts.

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Pass rushers are valued now more than ever. But who was the best ever? That is the question in our latest poll, with six of the greatest players in NFL history among the choices.

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Undrafted out of college, Emlen Tunnell hitchhiked from Iowa to New York to ask Giants owner Tim Mara for a tryout in 1948. Fourteen years later, Tunnell retired with two championship rings and nine Pro Bowl appearances.

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There has been a parade of left tackles enshrined in the Hall of Fame of late — four in the last five classes: Willie Roaf (2012), Jonathan Ogden (2013), Walter Jones (2014) and Orlando Pace (2016).

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Dick “Night Train” Lane one of the NFL’s most ferocious tacklers ever to play at cornerback. His clothesline tackle was eventually outlawed.

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And the best tight end in NFL history is …Kellen Winslow? Mike Ditka? Tony Gonzalez? John Mackey? Shannon Sharpe? Jason Witten? You make the call. The polls are open and will stay open through Nov. 22.

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The talent pool at middle linebacker may be as deep as any position in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, Jack Lambert, Mike Singletary…with Ray Lewis and possibly Brian Urlacher on the way.

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La’Roi Glover, Neil Smith and Richmond Webb were NFL all-decade selections, who have never been Hall of Fame semifinalists, much less finalists. They deserve better fates — as do Lomas Brown, Jimmie Giles and Wilber Marshall.

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Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Tyron Smith all played together for the first time in 2014 and the result was an NFL rushing crown by DeMarco Murray with a franchise record 1,845 yards.

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Find a great quarterback and you’ll find a great offense. Find a great offense and you’ll find a great play-caller.

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