"This game,"Sanders, a Fort Myers native, repeated dozens of times,
"this game taught me how to be a man. This game taught me if I get knocked down, I got to get my butt back up.
"I always had a rule in life that I would never love anything that couldn't love me back. It taught me how to be a man, how to get up, how to live in pain. Taught me so much about people, timing, focus, dedication, submitting oneself, sacrificing.
"If your dream ain't bigger than you, there's a problem with your dream."
He spoke of promising his mother she could stop working in her low-paying hospital job when he became a success, and of how he created the Prime Time image at Florida State — then turned it into a persona.
A Hall of Fame persona.
"What separates us is that we expect to be great,"he said.
"I expect to be great, I expect to do what had to be done. I expect to make change."
"I will leave you with this,"Sanders added near the end of his speech, wanting to respond to his critics who accused him of not tackling.
"Since 1989, I've tackled every bill my momma has ever given me. Haven't missed one. So the next time someone says, 'Prime didn't tackle,' make sure you let him know: 'Yes. He. Did.' "
Sanders joined Marshall Faulk in entering the hall in their first year of eligibility. Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter and Ed Sabol also were enshrined before an enthusiastic crowd of 13,300 at Fawcett Stadium.
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