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Bethea still owns franchise mark for sacks

Even though he doubted that he would ever get in, former Oilers DE Elvin Bethea is headed to the Hall of Fame.

Updated: August 3, 2003, 11:52 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- For years, Elvin Bethea repeatedly played down his chances of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Well, it turns out he was wrong.

As quiet off the field as his hits were loud on it, Bethea starred for 16 seasons as a defensive end with the Houston Oilers, setting the team's record for sacks and helping it reach two AFC championship games.

On Sunday, he'll be inducted in Canton, Ohio, along with running back Marcus Allen, guard Joe DeLamielleure, ...

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