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Throwback Thursday: The last Hall of Fame appearance for Eddie DeBartolo

It was an awesome feeling knowing former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo will be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. It was a long time in coming. DeBartolo probably wasn't worth getting in on the first vote, but it was crucial to vote him in at some point.

But this isn't DeBartolo's first 'Hall of Fame'. He's also been inducted into the 2007  Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and the 49ers own Hall of Fame in 2009. The speech above is from the later. It is rather short (it's just a brief news clip) and I  tried to find video of the entire speech but it was all homebrew and it was rather difficult to find some crisp audio. However, the parts of the speech contained here are something special and show and show some innate sincerity.  For awhile, many thought the 49ers Hall of Fame was the closest DeBartolo would ever get to being enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.

It will be rather interesting to hear DeBartolo's hall of fame speech. He carries a certain sort of charisma akin to Jim Harbaugh where no matter what he said, whether short, eloquent, or long winded, it's always interesting in its own way.

DeBartolo will be inducted by his daughter, Lisa when he arrives in Canton later this year.