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Tagliabue leaving NFL in great shape

In his 16-plus-year reign as commissioner, Paul Tagliabue has earned NFL owners a ton of money and a likely spot in the Hall of Fame.

Updated: March 20, 2006, 6:26 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Timing is everything in life, and if Paul Tagliabue never possessed much rhythm in his mostly flat attempts at knee-slappers, give the NFL commissioner credit for demonstrating on an otherwise slow-news Monday that he knew precisely when it was time to exit the stage.

As most media types who have ever attended one of his dry news conferences will attest, Tagliabue never left his audience laughing. No matter, since he was paid to be a commissioner and not a comedian, a man more concerned with ...

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