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Rookies' exploration of game's past should enhance futures

At the suggestion of 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Michael Irvin, the NFL is sending rookies to the shrine in Canton, Ohio. James Walker toured with the Atlanta Falcons' and Miami Dolphins' rookies.

Originally Published: June 14, 2008
By James Walker | ESPN.com

CANTON, Ohio -- There is an undeniably nostalgic feel around these parts.

When entering Stark County, Ohio, there's a large bridge overhead that reads HOME OF THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.

Canton is the gatekeeper of football's history. Close your eyes: You almost can hear Vince Lombardi's voice and Dick Butkus' brutal hits. Open your eyes: You see their legacies and so much more.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is where football's past meets football's present. In this ...

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