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Mobile opens its doors to the NFL

Updated: January 25, 2005, 6:54 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The Mobile of my childhood drew national attention for few reasons: baseball superstars, the America's Junior Miss Pageant, the occasional hurricane, and the Senior Bowl.

Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige and Willie McCovey, future Hall of Famers all, were born in Mobile. Billy Williams, another Hall of Famer to be, grew up in nearby Whistler. I can still remember the day that Mobile native Tommie Agee, outfielder for the 1969 World Champion New York Mets, came to Mary B. Austin Elementary School, ...

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