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HOF 2014: Strahan expects emotions to flow during induction ceremony

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    FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2008, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan celebrates after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 in the Super Bowl XLII football game in Glendale, Ariz. While Strahan was a game-changer on the field, he was making his mark elsewhere with his gregarious personality, gap-toothed smile and willingness to step out of his comfort zone. He became a regular in commercials, (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1999 file photo, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed makes his 900th career reception with Philadelphia Eagles corner back Bobby Taylor defending during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Reed awaits induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and says the eight-year wait didn't feel that long. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) NO SALES MAGS OUT (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Jan. 25, 1981 file photo, Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy kicks against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV in New Orleans. Those anxious seconds for punt returners awaiting his booming kicks were nothing compared to the more than two decades Guy had to endure before finally getting the call that he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2003 file photo, St. Louis Rams' Aeneas Williams celebrates after a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2006 file photo, NFC Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks holds up the Pro Bowl MVP trophy following the NFC's 23-17 win over the AFC in the NFL football Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Brooks will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Canton, Ohio.(AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File) (The Associated Press)

Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won't be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday.

If that's the case, Andre Reed might not make it through Friday. The former Buffalo Bills receiver was having trouble keeping his emotions in check after meeting former teammate, quarterback Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer.

There'll be plenty of emotions given the varied backgrounds of the inductees.

The group includes linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones, defensive back Aeneas Williams and punter Ray Guy. And also defensive end Claude Humphrey, who retired after the 1981 season.


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