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The Inaugural Class

You selected five candidates for the first class of the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame.

Our expert panel of Melissa Isaacson, Marc Silverman, Michael Wilbon and Gene Wojciechowski pared down Chicago's greatest athletes of all time to 20 nominees for the inaugural class of five. Check out our panel's picks and join in the discussion.

So who made it? Check out the the first class.

Note: If they're still active, they weren't eligible.

Discuss! See any glaring ommissions?
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About this project

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Isaacson defends her picks: On the clock Video
Silverman defends his picks: On the clock Video
Wilbon defends his picks: On the clock Video
Wojciechowski defends his picks: On the clock Video

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Athletes deserve first crack at Hall

Five pro teams, five spots. That was easy. Sort of.

By Melissa Isaacson

Focus on Sport/Getty Images Melissa Isaacson goes against the clock to defend her picks for the inaugural class:  Watch

George Halas and Mike Ditka.

The man who practically founded the NFL, the father of the famed Chicago Bears, the heart and soul of Chicago sports. And his Hall of Fame tight end who not only redefined the position and was an integral part of the 1963 Championship team, but was also the charismatic head coach of the city's only Super Bowl champions.

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