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A trip to the threshing floor

Michael Irvin's speech changed him -- and the Hall of Fame -- forever

Originally Published: December 11, 2012
By Eli Saslow | ESPN The Magazine

HE STEPPED TO THE LECTERN for the biggest speech of his life with no teleprompter, no notes and no exact plan of what he wanted to say. Michael Irvin had spent the better part of adulthood running from moments like this -- hiding behind helmets and mink coats, behind bling and bravado so nobody would pay attention to his words. Public speaking had always been his "most vulnerable fear," he said. And yet here he was in August of 2007, a new inductee into the Pro Football Hall of ...

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