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Yary makes straight line for Hall of Fame

Ron Yary, who toiled 15 years as a lineman, didn't mind waiting another 14 for his election to the Hall of Fame.

Updated: January 27, 2001, 6:14 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former NFL offensive tackle Ron Yary believed he was a borderline candidate -- at best -- for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, that was good enough as the 15-year veteran of the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams was elected. It came as a surprise for Yary, who was in his 14th year of eligibility and had been a finalist six other times.

"I'm elated -- and honored," he said. "When you look at the list of the other candidates this year who didn't make it, ...

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