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Dean: 'This election into the Hall of Fame has taken me back into time'

San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Fred Dean has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here's the text of his speech from the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Originally Published: August 2, 2008
By ESPN.com

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Fred Dean has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here's the text of Dean's and presenter Eddie DeBartolo Jr.'s speeches from the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Presenter Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

Thank you so much. I am honored and humbled to be with this great class today and with the other enshrinees that have come back to the Hall of Fame this weekend.

While it cannot be said that ...

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