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Growth of combine is quite a story

Can't-miss event for media and fans evolved from humble beginnings

Originally Published: April 1, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Over the past 25 years, the NFL scouting combine has grown from a whistle stop on the sports calendar to the Grand Central Station of destinations.

The combine moved to Indianapolis in 1987. I attended my first in 1990 and haven't missed one since. At that time, the center of the combine was a Holiday Inn located underneath a train trestle across the street from the old RCA Dome.

For the combine's organizers, Indianapolis was perfect. The medical facilities ...

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