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Happy Sanders shows crowd different side

Contrary to his days as a player, Barry Sanders did plenty of smiling and joking during his HOF induction speech.

Updated: August 8, 2004, 8:59 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

CANTON, Ohio -- He was never a man that said many words. Never a man that gave a good quote. He was never a man that showed much emotion. Never a man that spiked the ball after a touchdown.

But on Sunday, Barry Sanders kept smiling. Kept laughing. He stood at the podium in front of some 23,000 football die-hards, in one of the biggest speeches of his life, and constantly chuckled like a little kid who had heard a naughty word.

Perhaps it was his way to deal with the pressure. Or perhaps ...

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