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About the Chicago Hall of Fame

Updated: August 8, 2011, 1:47 PM ET
By John Roberts | ESPNChicago.com

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Michael Jordan and Walter Payton made it easy for us.

Not only did they make it look easy on the field, their brilliance in competition and universal appeal away from the game elevated them to the stuff of legends.

When we started this endeavor, to put together a list of nominees for the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame, Jordan and Payton were the givens, as dependable as Jordan in ...

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