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HOF 2016: Wait finally over for Stanfel's elated supporters

An offensive lineman who played back in the 1950s, Dick Stanfel didn't have a lot of stats floating around to help his Hall of Fame case.

What he had was people like Marv Levy who were willing to stand up on his behalf.

"I realize he played so long ago that a lot of the people that are voting now don't even remember the time, but this guy is so deserving," said Levy, the Hall of Fame former coach of the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. "I remember going back to Hall of Fame meetings where guys like Gino Marchetti and Artie Donovan would tell me he was the best offensive lineman that ever played."

Nearly six decades after the end of his...

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