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Raider or not, Hall question lingers

Updated: July 18, 2005, 4:42 PM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

Tim Brown announced his retirement Monday, a year after effectively ending his career.

But that's the inherent beauty of the flexible retirement date -- it's flexible.

It's flexible because it can come at any time, and it can come even though you left the team you are "retiring" from with recriminations and harsh words. It is, in short, show business of the most shallow and transparent sort, and perfect for the athlete who needs his retirement to become a special occasion.

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