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On a night when Packers’ fans turned Canton’s Tom Benson Stadium into Lambeau Field, Class of 2016 inductee Brett Favre was at his best — with a poignant, tearful and memorable address.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has some ideas it will adopt to try to keep the Class of 2016’s ceremony somewhere its predecessors haven’t been in years — on time.

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Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Ken Stabler, Eddie DeBartolo, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Dick Stanfel were named to the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. But you knew that. So how did it happen? We have it here.

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The Hall of Fame’s board of selectors meets Saturday morning to determine the inductees for the Class of 2016, and there is plenty of speculation over what happens next. But that’s why we’re here. We’re inside the room, and we’ve got the latest handicapping for this year’s class.

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As the starting left tackle on the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl teams, Orlando Pace faced some of the biggest and baddest pass rushers in the NFL. But there’s one, he said, that gave more trouble than the others … and would Dwight Freeney please step forward?

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Former running back Edgerrin James could do it ball — run, block and catch — which is one reason he’s a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. But it’s also a reason why James thinks eventually he’ll make the jump to Canton.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2016 finalists next month, so we figure it’s about time to start handicapping the field. And we do. Right here, right now.

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Former quarterback Brett Favre not only is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, but he’s a slam dunk as a first-ballot choice. And that’s great … except Favre told the Talk of Fame Network that his dreams already have been realized — one reason he would be grateful to be elected to it but why he’s not “hanging on a phone call” from Canton.

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Former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. is the contributor candidate for the Class of 2016, with the deciding vote taken the day before Super Bowl L … in San Francisco. “I don’t see anybody being more deserving than him,” Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Montana told the Talk of Fame Network, “and it’s been that way for a long time.”

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Former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. was overwhelmed when notified Wednesday that he was named as the contributor candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. There’s a good reason: Not only could he be elected to the Hall of Fame; his election could happen when the Super Bowl goes to San Francisco.

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