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Originally Published: May 17, 2011
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Ed Dyas had given up.

Two years ago, the former Auburn All-American fullback and kicker was in his 50th and final year of eligibility for the College Football Hall of Fame. Dyas, a respected orthopedic surgeon in Mobile, Ala., had held out hope throughout nearly his entire adult life that he would be selected.

But a man has to face facts. Dyas had stomach cancer. He had lost 80 pounds. On the evening of April 29, 2009, he and his wife Diane sat at home, watching the news. ...

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