Larry Allen delivers Hall of Fame speech

August, 3, 2013
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CANTON, Ohio -- Larry Allen's speech lasted 16 minutes. Not sure anyone thought it would go more than 10 since he's a man of so few words.

Here are some highlights:

About being a man of few words: "During my career, I didn't talk that much, but I didn't have to. I used my helmet."

About his wife Janelle: "On our first date, she cooked for me. She cooked me two chickens, french fries, baked me a cake and gave me a 40 ounce. I knew then, that was my wife."

About his son, Larry III: "Very polite. But once he gets on that field, he's a beast just like his daddy."

About his grandmother: "When I was 14, she sat me down and said, 'Larry, you need to find out what you're good and go do it.' I think I did that, Granny."

About bench pressing 700 pounds: "I got in that weight room and became the strongest man in the NFL. I did it naturally. What's funny is once I benched 700 pounds, they tested me two times a week for the rest of my career."

About his career: "My goal was simple: to earn a seven-letter word called 'respect.' The respect of my teammates, opponents and the NFL. Today, my mission is complete."
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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