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SAN FRANCISCO -- As of one recent count, Edward DeBartolo Jr. had rewritten his Hall of Fame speech some 14 times.After such a long wait to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, alongside the most accomplished NFL contributors, its no surprise he wants his every word to be just right.Im a basket case, a nervous wreck. Wasnt this bad before Super Bowls! he wrote in an email from his sprawling Montana ranch, which offers 3,000 acres and a peaceful place to perfect his words for Saturdays ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his home state of Ohio.He walks his dogs in the wee hours of the morning and was joined by his two executive assistants in the lead-up to a long-awaited trip to Canton, where his daughter, Lisa, will present him. She was an easy choice. Deciding between all of his former players would have been painstakingly difficult, but if late Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh were still alive he would have been the one to do it, of course.God rest his soul, if Bill would have been alive, I probably would have asked Bill to do it, DeBartolo said. As a coach, he came in and brought great credentials. More than that, he just brought a whole new way of doing things.So did DeBartolo, an owner known for caring as much about those in every capacity around him as he did winning football games and hoisting Lombardi trophies. Hiring Walsh in 1979 was among DeBartolos biggest successes in launching a storied franchise that won five Super Bowl titles during his tenure.San Francisco became the first franchise to win five championships.Other coaches study coaches, players study players, said former coach Steve Mariucci, hired by DeBartolo. I think owners study the way he did things, not only football but other sports. He kind of paved the way for a lot of owners, this is how you build an organization from top to bottom.Mr. D. is how he is best known, a show of respect from those who played or worked for him during his two-decade run leading the 49ers.Lisa DeBartolo shared how her father is always there for others, friends and acquaintances alike. He would call every veterinarian around if he knew someone had an ill pet.He just goes over and above what a normal person would do, she said. He would give the shirt off his back when somebody needed it.His former players so appreciate what DeBartolo did for them when they were playing or once they retired -- and still would do if ever they needed a boost, help or a hug.He wins, treats everyone with respect and admiration, and whatever he touches, he betters it, said Deion Sanders, who won a Super Bowl during his lone season with San Francisco in 1994.More than all of the accomplishments, thrilling, history-making wins and hardware he collected along the way, DeBartolos ownership legacy includes that compassion and care for people throughout the organization -- at every level -- and the league.Hall of Famer Steve Young credits DeBartolo for working to build strong relationships between players and owners from the start.He and his players were family -- to this day. If you need something from Eddie, anybody who ever played for the team could call him personally and he would figure out a way to help you, Young said. That fundamental change in how owners looked at players and how they related to each other, I think changed the dynamic for how the CBA was negotiated 15 years later, and players are now truly partners with the owners.The 69-year-old DeBartolo, who owned shopping malls, doesnt pretend to have had a perfect path to finally reaching Canton. He was embroiled in the corruption case against former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and suspended by the NFL for the 1999 season after being found guilty of failing to report a bribe, a felony. After the suspension, DeBartolo gave control of the team to his sister.I just am so happy for him. Now, everything that he has done for his football career is really now validated because of this, daughter Lisa said. He has had so many hardships with friends, with family. It just was time. I think now its kind of like a weight off of his shoulders. Were just very proud of him.DeBartolo acknowledges the growing pains from his early days beginning in 1977 to the pride he takes in having developed the family atmosphere around the 49ers -- It was more of a philosophy, he said -- that helped him and so many others thrive in the Bay Area.He still cant believe the elite company he will soon join in Canton.Just to think that Im going to have a bust and a jacket where you have George Halas or Mr. Rooney or the people who made this game what it is, is kind of unnerving to me, DeBartolo said. Its so humbling. I think humbling is putting it mildly. ... Just being mentioned in the same capacity is overwhelming.---AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this story.---AP NFL website: and Nike Air Max Plus Tn Baratas . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. Nike Tn Blancas y Doradas . LOUIS -- St. . 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What a downer it would have been if both teams had suffered their second losses of the season on the Saturday before their long-awaited showdown (ABC, noon ET). ESPNs planned five-hour College GameDay extravaganza from Columbus would have needed a sad trombone soundtrack.But both teams stayed alive in the College Football Playoff chase. It was survive and advance, Big Ten football style. And now we can finally look ahead to a potentially epic confrontation.Its going to be intense, Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. The Game of the Century.Well, The Game of the Decade, perhaps. The 2006 meeting, when the Buckeyes and Wolverines were 1-2 in the rankings, will be hard to top. This years version also brings back memories of 1997, when both teams ranked in the top four, and a do-it-all defensive back (Charles Woodson) led Michigan to a national title en route to winning the Heisman Trophy.This will be the first time in a decade that Big Ten and national championship stakes ride on this rivalry. It feels like weve been headed for this since Jim Harbaugh was hired on Dec. 30, 2014. Two days later, Ohio State beat Alabama on its way to a national title.For all the hoopla and hard-earned success Harbaugh has already brought to Ann Arbor, he ultimately will be judged on whether he can beat Ohio State. His first time around didnt go so well, as the Buckeyes won 42-13 last year in the Big House. Michigan has lost 11 of the last 12 in this series.But Harbaugh has the maize and blue back on more equal footing with the Buckeyes. One of the best Big Ten parlor games this year has been comparing scores between the two superpowers. Michigan beat Wisconsin by seven at home. Ohio State needed overtime to beat Wisconsin by seven on the road. The Wolverines trounced Rutgers 78-0, one week after the Buckeyes stomped the Scarlet Knights 58-0. Ohio State hammered Maryland 62-3, exactly three points better than Michigans results against the same Terrapins a week earlier.Now these teams can finally measure up against each other. In the waning moments against Indiana, the Big House crowd starting chanting, Beat Ohio! (At least something remains from the Brady Hoke era.)Ohio State and Michigan, the greatest rivalry in sports, how can it not be in the back of your mind from right after the day you played last year? Michigan senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow said.dddddddddddd I wouldnt hesitate to say thats the biggest game we play in every year.Its awesome when [the Big Ten title and playoff] comes down to that. It puts a little oomph in it.Neither team aced the playoff eyeball test on Saturday while playing about 70 miles apart. But November weather emphatically arrived in the state of Michigan, bringing wet, blustery conditions best-suited for old-school football. In East Lansing, 30 mph wind gusts made bubble-screen lobs float like bubbles.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer ran J.T. Barrett 24 times into the teeth of a defense that knew what was coming, while Ohio State mustered just 86 passing yards.Well lose next week if we play like that, Meyer said.The Buckeyes have had some passing game issues this season and must find ways to throw against the nations top pass defense, led by All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Then again, Michigan must deal with an Ohio State defense that grabbed two more interceptions on Saturday (17 for the season) and another pick that didnt officially count, on Michigan States two-point try. The Wolverines may again be without injured quarterback Wilton Speight; John OKorn started against Indiana and struggled to connect with his receivers through snow flurries.There are plenty of compelling storylines to go around. The Big Tens most versatile offensive player (Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel) goes against its most versatile all-around player (Michigans do-everything LB?Jabrill Peppers, who modeled his game on Woodson). OSU redshirt freshman RB?Mike Weber, whose recruiting battle between the teams sparked Harbaughs infamous tangled web we weave tweet, makes his debut in the rivalry. The Big Tens East Division could be decided on the field, or both teams could stay home and watch Penn State go to Indianapolis.Add it all up, and the usual craziness that already is Michigan-Ohio State week will be ratcheted up to an 11 out of 10.Ive never been in a top-five Michigan game, Holmes said. But we could either both be in the top five or we could both be 0-11. Its still going to be intense.Saturdays struggles will be relegated to a mere footnote if Michigan and Ohio State stage a thriller next week in the Horseshoe. The Game weve all been waiting for is almost here.Its officially rivalry week, Meyer said. Our eyes are forward, and lets go. Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Discount Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 ' ' '

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