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Breaking HOF WR logjam not easy

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2014 – 9:23 am

Bills WR Andre Reed is a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the eighth straight year, after he was named to the list of 15 Thursday night. The presenter for Buffalo candidates is Hall of Fame Selector and Buffalo News Bills beat reporter Mark Gaughan. He appeared on the John Murphy Show this week and explained that while Reed is a solid candidate breaking the wide receiver logjam is easier said than done.

Gaughan said the main reason Cris Carter leapfrogged Reed last year, even though Reed had made the first cut from 15 to 10 three of the previous four years, was in large part because Carter had 135 touchdowns to Reed’s 87. Now that Carter is in Murphy asked Gaughan if that clears the way for Reed this year.

“I hope so although it’s not simple,” said Gaughan. “Tim Brown is still there, but he has never made the final 10. Andre has made the final 10 for four of the last five years. Marvin Harrison is up this year so how does that impact the dynamics of the vote? That’s a good question.”

Still, Gaughan believes Reed is just as solid as about any other candidate on the final 15 list this year.

“He is a very strong candidate,” said Gaughan. “He’s viewed as a strong candidate or he wouldn’t keep making it. Not only has he made it eight times to the final 15, but he’s made the final 10 four of the last five years . I’m sure everybody knows this, but the way it works is the final 15 are whittled down to 10 and then five and then you vote up or down on those five.”

As for any so called “slam dunk” finalists that are most likely to gain enshrinement, Gaughan isn’t certain there are shoe-ins, but has a favorite for such a designation.

“It’s tough to predict,” he said. “Of the four first time eligible guys, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Derrick Brooks, I think Walter Jones is probably the closest thing to a slam dunk. Nobody is a slam dunk like Joe Montana or Bruce Smith or Dan Marino. But Walter Jones is probably one of six or seven best tackles of all time. He’s an all-1st team all-decade player.”


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Rice believes Reed deserving of HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2014 – 1:37 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for the 2014 class will be announced tonight on NFL Network at 9 pm, and Andre Reed is widely expected to be named a finalist for the eighth straight year. But what kind of support might Reed get in the room of the Hall of Fame Committee voters? Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, a player peer to Reed, said the Bills Wall of Famer deserves to be enshrined.

In an interview on NFL Network Rice felt Reed did enough in his career to be inducted.

“I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Rice of Reed. “Will he get in this year, I think it’s going to be really close. But I think with Andre Reed what he was able to do with Jim Kelly and the numbers he was able to put up and he was a playmaker on that football team, so I think he deserves to be in.”

When asked to assess Reed’s chances knowing there are other receivers expected to be among the finalists again this year, Rice said he doesn’t expect it to be easy.

“I don’t know how the committee is going to pick these guys,” said Rice. “I think he’s put up outstanding numbers. The people he played with also put up outstanding numbers, but now he’s been out for seven years and he’s been waiting and you’ve also got Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison so it might be difficult for him to get in.”


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HOF semifinalists announced tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:47 pm

The NFL Network will announce the reduction of the initial Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee list of 125 candidates down to 25 semifinalists tonight. Bills Wall of Famers Andre Reed and Steve Tasker are both expected to make the cut.

Here’s a look at the likely candidates to make it through to the final 25, which include Reed and Tasker, who both made the semifinalist list last year.

The list will be announced on NFL Network this evening (Wednesday) at 10 pm.


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Ralph Wilson part of Hall of Fame Reunion

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 2, 2013 – 12:57 pm

It’s Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, and it’s a special one. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has assembled as many living members as possible for a Golden Anniversary Reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the shrine.

Bills Owner Ralph Wilson took his place among the game’s greats Friday morning, when the Hall of Famers staged a “Red Carpet” arrival on the steps of the Hall in Canton. They then assembled for a group photo, with Mr. Wilson seated among the legendary players and contributors to the game, including former Bills Coach Marv Levy and Quarterback Jim Kelly.

Mr. Wilson was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He returned to Canton last August, to help dedicate the new Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center. And he made a sizable donation this past year to support the Hall in its 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Festival and Golden Anniversary Reunion.


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Joe D. completes walk to Canton

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2013 – 10:20 pm

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Bills Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure completed his 213-mile walk from Buffalo to Canton Saturday as he successfully raised awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs, but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Here are some photos of the completion of Joe D’s walk as he finished in Canton as well as a link to his daily blog on his journey.

 

 


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Manuel on seeing Bruce’s HOF bust

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 1:57 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel commented on seeing his godfather’s bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium program. Here’s what he had to say.

“I remember first seeing his bust when it was sitting on his kitchen table a summer ago,” said Manuel. “That was incredible to see it and I took a bunch of pictures with it. Now to see it here in the Hall of Fame amongst these other busts and great names that I’ve seen on NFL Films over the years. It’s awesome and it puts a lot of it in perspective.”

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 12:44 pm

Here’s where you can find one of Buffalo’s draft choices on the radio this afternoon.

Fourth-round pick Duke Williams will be on The Fan 1270 AM with Bull today (Thursday) at 1 pm.

He’ll be talking about the NFL rookie symposium that he and his draft classmates attended the past few days in Canton, Ohio. The Bills players also visited the Hall of Fame, which we covered on Buffalobills.com.


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EJ checks godfather’s bust at HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on June 26, 2013 – 11:12 am

Bills QB EJ Manuel is at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium and he took the time to check out his godfather’s HOF bust in Canton.

Manuel’s godfather is Bills Hall of Fame DE Bruce Smith.


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How long Reed’s HOF candidacy was discussed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2013 – 10:31 am

Bills Wall of Famer and perennial Hall of Fame finalist Andre Reed was again not selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. For the fourth straight year he made the first cut down to 10 finalists, but did not make it past the second cutdown to five. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, a Hall of Fame Board Selector outlined how long the discussion lasted on Reed’s candidacy as well as all the other finalists.

Grossi called his timekeeping unofficial, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless.

1. Bill Parcells, 55 minutes
2. Art Modell, 32:15. 3
3. Cris Carter, 30:30
4. Jerome Bettis, 29:55
5. Dave Robinson, 28:27
6. Eddie DeBartolo Jr., 27:50
7. Aeneas Williams, 22:45
8. Andre Reed, 18:30
9. Warren Sapp, 17:55
10. Jonathan Ogden, 15:40
11. Kevin Greene, 15:30
12. Curley Culp, 13:21
13. Michael Strahan, 13:13
14. Charles Haley, 10:56
15. Larry Allen, 9:02
16. Will Shields, 4:26
17. Tim Brown, 3:45

Perhaps the most encouraging item that comes from these discussion times is the fact that Tim Brown was discussed for less than four minutes. It serves again as indication that Reed is clearly a more debated candidate than the former Raiders receiver, which is a good thing.

Another encouraging sign for Reed is the statistical note brought up by Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His research of Hall of Fame voting history revealed that since 1970, 89 percent of candidates who have been multiple finalists, like Reed, eventually have made it to induction. And since 1970, 83 percent of all finalists have made it in.


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The good & bad news about Reed’s chances

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:48 pm

With Andre Reed not gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite being a finalist for each of the past seven years, there is some good news about the outcome this year, but also bad news about next year.

With Cris Carter being selected for enshrinement, the logjam of Tim Brown, Carter and Reed has finally been broken. Reed had been the only one of the three to advance to the final 10 in the first reduction vote from 15 each of the past three years. But this year Carter was the only one of the three to make the second cut to five and then got the required 80 percent of the vote.

With the logjam broken it would seem that Reed is the odds on favorite among receivers to advance the furthest next year.

The bad news is even though a receiver has been taken out of the mix in Carter, another will be added next year as Marvin Harrison will be a first-year eligible.

Harrison has the second most receptions in NFL history behind only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The receiver that’s third on the list of all-time receptions… is 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter.


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HOF voting for Reed again comes up short

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:36 pm

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed has now been a Hall of Fame finalist seven times in his eight years of eligibility for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately he has not been chosen for enshrinement by the Board of Selectors again this year. Here is a look at how the voting fell in each of his seven years as a finalist.

In 2007 Reed was eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Michael Irvin and Monk advancing. Monk was then eliminated when the group was reduced to six, with Irvin making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

In 2008 Reed was eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Cris Carter and Monk advancing. Carter was then eliminated in the next reduction from 10 to 5, with Monk making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

In 2009 Reed again did not make the cut from 15 to 10. Veteran committee finalist Bob Hayes was the only receiver selected for induction.

In 2010 Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both getting clipped, but Reed was eliminated in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Jerry Rice advancing and being selected for enshrinement.

In 2011 Reed again advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both getting clipped again, but Reed was again eliminated in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Shannon Sharpe and Ed Sabol being selected for enshrinement.

In 2012 Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter both making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 both Reed and Carter were eliminated.

In 2013 Reed advanced past the first cut with he and Cris Carter making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was again eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 Reed was eliminated, but Carter advanced. Carter was then selected for enshrinement for the 2013 class.


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Tasker on Reed’s HOF chances

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 1, 2013 – 9:30 pm

Steve Tasker has had plenty of consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recent years. But this weekend, he’s focused on his former Buffalo Bills teammate, Andre Reed, and his chances for election.

The electors for the Hall of Fame meet Saturday morning in New Orleans to elect the class of 2013. And Reed is one of 15-modern era finalists for the honor again.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Friday night, Tasker says he’s obviously rooting for Reed to get into the Hall this year. In New Orleans as part of the CBS Super Bowl broadcast team, Tasker says he talked to Reed earlier this week about being a finalist.

“I have talked to him, we went out a few nights ago on his birthday,” Tasker said on the radio show. “We did talk about it. We’re always hopeful. We all have no doubt that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.”

“But we also acknowledge that there’s a process that has to be gone through, and that maybe it is his year, maybe it’s not. And we’re not privy to why it would be or why it would not be. So we’re just going to have to wait and see. I encouraged Andre to not let it ruin his weekend, waiting on this to happen. We know it will. Be patient, and when it does happen, it will be all the sweeter, because we were around to enjoy it.”

The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Brandon: We’ve got to get Andre in

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2013 – 2:44 pm

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Bills all-time leading receiver and Wall of Famer Andre Reed is once again a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon when given the opportunity on SiriusXM radio to campaign for Reed laid out why Reed should be enshrined.

“He’s one of the best receivers of his generation,” said Brandon. “That’s what I believe should really be the focal point. The Bills were the winningest team in the AFC in the 90’s. A dominant team with a dominant offense and every single individual associated with our organization and in football will tell you what a big of that offense he was.”

In the next breath Brandon also stumped for Steve Tasker, who was a Hall of Fame semifinalist this year.

“We also need to get Steve Tasker into the Hall of Fame,” said Brandon. “He’s the greatest special teamer of all time. Why is he not in? If you game plan for someone every time he’s on the field, that was Steve Tasker. It’s a third of the game and he needs to be in the Hall of Fame with Andre.”

The HOF Board of Selectors will be whittling down the list of 17 finalists to a maximum of seven for induction on Saturday.


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Reed again a HOF finalist

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2013 – 9:41 am

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed is again a finalist for a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class, and again he’s got familiar company at the wide receiver position among the group of 15 finalists.

Along with Reed, Tim Brown and Cris Carter are also finalists. In 2012 Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter as both made it to the final 10. Tim Brown was eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 both Reed and Carter were eliminated. So neither made it to the final round where it’s yes or no for induction with candidates needing 80 percent of the vote for enshrinement.

Here’s the list of 15 finalists this year for the 2013 Hall of Fame induction class, which

  • Larry Allen Guard/Tackle – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys; 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
  • Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams; 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders; 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles; 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings; 2002 Miami Dolphins
  • Curley Culp* 1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs; 1974-1980 Houston Oilers; 1980-81 Detroit Lions
  • Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
  • Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams;  1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers; 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers; 1997 San Francisco 49ers
  • Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers; 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
  • Art Modell – Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns; 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
  • Jonathan Ogden Tackle – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
  • Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants; 1993-96 New England Patriots; 1997-99 New York Jets; 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
  • Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills; 2000 Washington Redskins
  • Dave Robinson* 1963-1972 Green Bay Packers; 1973-74 Washington Redskins
  • Warren Sapp Defensive Tackle – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
  • Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
  • Michael Strahan – Defensive End – 1993-2007 New York Giants
  • Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals; 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

The Selection Committee will meet in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, to elect the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The election results will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.

At the 2013 selection meeting, the selectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each finalist. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.


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Reed, Tasker make HOF semifinalist list

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2012 – 2:08 pm

Two former Bills from the four-time AFC title teams have made the list of Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists.

All-time leading receiver Andre Reed and seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Steve Tasker have both been named to the list of semifinalists for the Pro Football HOF class of 2013. There were only 27 semifinalists selected from the initial nominee list of 127 candidates.

Both Reed and Tasker have been semifinalists before. Reed has gone a step further qualifying as a finalist each of the last six years, but has fallen short of enshrinement.

The list of 27 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists.  That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are defensive tackle Curley Culp, (1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs, 1974-1980 Houston Oilers, 1980-81 Detroit Lions) and linebacker Dave Robinson, (1963-1972 Green Bay Packers, 1973-74 Washington Redskins). 

The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2013.


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When Kelly felt like Hall of Famer

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2012 – 9:11 am

Ten years ago this weekend Jim Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. He shared with Buffalobills.com several of his behind the scenes memories from that weekend in 2002. Here’s one more.

I asked Kelly about the well wishes he got from fellow Hall of Famers that weekend. He said most were the typical congratulatory remarks, but there was one in particular that stuck with him.

“Most of them offered congratulations and welcomed me to their team,” he said. “I remember one Hall of Famer told me this is one team you can’t be cut from. You’ve earned the right to be here.” 

Unfortunately Jim couldn’t remember who exactly uttered those words to him. Knowing he was likely congratulated by hundreds of people that weekend you can understand why.


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Dedication at HOF this morning

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2012 – 9:40 am

Bills owner Ralph Wilson was on hand this morning in Canton for the dedication of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s new Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The 10,000-square-foot Center is named in honor of Wilson, a member of the Hall of Fame and founder of the Buffalo Bills, whose gift of $2.5 million dollars made the state-of-the-art facility possible.

 The Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center will house and preserve the more than 20 million document pages and 3 million photographic images in the Hall of Fame’s collection. 

 The addition of the new Center also allows the Hall of Fame to renovate the space that previously housed the document collection and the three-dimensional artifact collection. The retrofitted space will then exclusively accommodate the ever-growing artifact collection.

 “Ralph Wilson’s outstanding contributions to pro football over many decades are legendary,” stated Steve Perry, president/executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “His generous gift has greatly enhanced our ability to preserve the Hall of Fame’s rapidly growing collection of historic documents and artifacts.”

Stay tuned to Buffalobills.com for more on this story including video footage of the dedication.


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Rookies at Hall of Fame

Posted by Chris Brown on July 2, 2012 – 6:53 am

Bills rookies were busy over the weekend at the NFL Rookie Symposium, where they learned about the responsibilities and potential pitfalls of being an NFL player. They also had an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation in knowing just how instrumental their owner and boss Ralph Wilson has been to the growth of the game.

Buffalo’s 2012 draft class and other rookies while touring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to cap their orientation program came across Mr. Wilson’s Hall of Fame bust and also got a chance to see the Ralph Wilson Research and Preservation Center at the Hall as well. Here’s a look. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Reed tired of waiting

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2012 – 6:04 pm

Andre Reed, appearing at the Buffalo Auto Show Thursday also appeared on Bills flagship station, WGR Sportsradio 550 and expressed his disappointment in not gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday.

“You move on in life and you live another day. It’s not on my time, it’s one somebody else’s,” he said. “I love the game of football. I’ve played it since I’m eight-years old and I loved it. I got some calls and sometimes I didn’t get the calls and this is a call I’ve got to wait for.”

Reed also had some choice words for the Hall of Fame Selectors Committee for not inducting any one of the three wide receiver finalists in Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Reed. For the full story go to the home page of Buffalobills.com.


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Reed HOF voting history

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2012 – 4:50 pm

Here’s the rundown on how the voting has gone each of the past five years that Bills Wall of Famer Andre Reed has been a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. Reed is a finalist for a sixth time this year with perhaps his best chance of making the final cut Saturday.

2007 – Reed is eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Michael Irvin and Art Monk advancing. Monk was then eliminated when the group was reduced to six, with Irvin making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

2008 - Reed is eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Cris Carter and Art Monk advancing. Carter was then eliminated in the next reduction from 10 to 5, with Monk making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

2009 – Reed again did not make the cut from 15 to 10. Veteran committee finalist Bob Hayes was the only receiver selected for induction.

2010 – For the first time Reed advances past the first cut while Cris Carter and Tim Brown were both eliminated, but Reed doesn’t make it past the reduction from 10 to 5, with Jerry Rice advancing and being selected for enshrinement.

2011 – Reed again advances past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both being eliminated again, but Reed was again ousted in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Shannon Sharpe and Ed Sabol being selected for enshrinement.

The 2012 Hall of Fame induction class will be announced on the NFL Network at 5:30 pm Saturday.


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