NFL Nation: HOF speech transcript 09

The transcript of Roger Staubach's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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ROGER STAUBACH: On behalf of the Bob Hayes family. In fact, the family's here. The Bob Hayes family is all over here. And Bob, Jr. could you stand up? They're all from Buffalo. Thought you might get a bigger applause, you know. But Bob is from Jacksonville. Of course, lot of families coming up from Jacksonville and all over. It's been fun for me to have the honor that was bestowed on me to just speak just a few words on behalf of Bob, his family, on behalf of the Dallas Cowboys, his teammates and friends. It seems like yesterday, but I was an Ensign in the Navy. And I played in a game that was up in Chicago. It was called the college All Star Game. We had a pretty darn good team. We were playing the Cleveland Browns. And I was it was 1965. And Bob and I were both drafted as futures in 1964. And I guess Gil Brandt had an idea that we could both play some day. And I had a little bit of time left. And Bob was just a football player, but he was noted for his exploits on the track and also his gold medal.

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The transcript of Carl Peterson's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

CARL PETERSON: The spring of 1989, myself, Marty Schottenheimer and Bill Cowher went to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to workout a player we had hoped to consider to be our number one draft choice. He was an extraordinary person, and as his head coach at Alabama said great player, great person, and you'll never tire the young man out. Derrick had not worked out for us at the Indianapolis Combine. And we were a little hot about it. It was a very hot day in Tuscaloosa on the Astro Turf, and Bill Cowher began to work Derrick out. And he worked him out, and he worked him out, and he worked him out. He gave him every linebacker drill he knew. He came back to Marty and I, and he said, what do you think?

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The transcript of Bruce Smith's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

BRUCE SMITH: This certainly feels like a home game. Thank you, Ted. My God, where has the time gone. As vividly as yesterday I can remember arriving in Buffalo with Andre Reed for my first mini camp in 1985. At the first practice in the middle of May, we noticed dark clouds off at a distance. And within minutes, it began to rain, hail, and snow. After 30 minutes of downpour, the sun began to shine and I thought, what in the hell have I gotten myself into?

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The transcript of Rod Woodson's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

ROD WOODSON: I tell you what. He made me sound better than I am, I tell you that. My kids won't say that I'm fun loving, because they always call me grumpy pants. Come on, grumpy pants. Laugh, smile. But, you know, it's an honor. I've been thinking about what I was going to say. I worked for the NFL Network for the last five years. I've seen it from afar. Being on this stage is a whirlwind. It's definitely an honor. It's more today putting on the jacket and seeing your bust here. It's about being a part of the team, the elite team of pro football. I'm very honored and I humbly accept it.

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The transcript of Randall McDaniel's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

RANDALL McDANIEL: Wow, it's impossible to imagine a moment like this. It really denies words -- defies words. And that's never a good thing when you're about to give a speech:

You know, as an offensive linemen, I don't really feel comfortable up here without the other four guys lined up next to me. So if I start to struggle, I'm counting on Gary Zimmerman to come up with some more linemen and bail me out.

I would like to thank Mr. O.K. Fulton for presenting me today he made a big difference in my life as a young man. He believed in me before I believed in myself. The most he focused on -- when most focused on my athletic ability, he saw more. He told me to take full advantage of every opportunity sports had to offer. But never let it define me.

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The transcript of Ralph Wilson's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

RALPH WILSON, JR.: Thank you for all those kind words, Chris. I really appreciate it. It's an honor for me to be here. I went to my first pro football game in 1935. The Lions were playing the Bears. Since that time, I have been an avid pro football fan. As Chris said, I went away to college and the Navy. When I came back, I went to work for my father, worked every Sunday at home we would go see a pro football game.

During that time, I almost wanted -- I always wanted to own a football team so I'd have a little something to say about it. And let me tell you how I got into professional football. In the fall of 1959, I read in the paper where a young champ named Lamar Hunt and Bud Adams were starting a new professional football league. Lamar lived in Dallas, and he couldn't get an expansion franchise from the NFL. So I decided to start my own league. I happened to have a winter home in Miami, which was one of the prospective sites that I read in the paper. So I called Lamar and told him of my interest. And he said, well, if you're interested, you better get down here right away, because there are other people that are likewise interested. So I flew down the next day, and he granted me the Miami franchise. And we both went down to talk to the city fathers, and see if we could lease the Orange Bowl. It was the only place to play football in those days. The city fathers would not let a new league lease the Orange Bowl, because they had a bad time with another new league that came before us. So I flew home and forgot about it.

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