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Bill Russell, Stan Musial honored

Updated: February 15, 2011, 8:01 PM ET
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama recognized a pair of Hall of Fame athletes along with a former president and a civil rights hero Tuesday with the Medal of Freedom.

Boston Celtics star Bill Russell and St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial were among the 15 honorees recognized.

During a ceremony at the White House, Obama said the recipients represent "the best of who we are and who we aspire to be."

The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, and ...

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