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Stram limited by diabetes, other health issues

Hank Stram, one of the most colorful and vibrant football personalities ever, said nothing and still moved the crowd on Sunday.

Updated: July 5, 2005, 9:46 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Editor's note: Hank Stram died Monday at the age of 82. The following story was written for his induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

CANTON, Ohio -- He never spoke. He never stood up and walked over to the wooden podium to address the waterlogged crowd. And that says something, for Hank Stram was one of the most colorful, vibrant personalities the game of football has ever seen.

But on this day, plagued by diabetes and a host of other health problems, the 80-year-old ...

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