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Stram's taped speech highlights Hall ceremonies

Updated: August 3, 2003, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio -- Hank Stram was pushed to the front of the stage in a wheelchair, wearing his newest blazer as 115 of the NFL's greatest names welcomed him.

The 80-year-old Stram, too weak to stand or walk on his own, then watched his prerecorded induction speech that showed a fiery, charismatic and innovative coach who would one day wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On a Sunday filled with emotional speeches, Stram's was the shortest, sweetest and most touching as he ...

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