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Jim Nance to enter Patriots Hall of Fame

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  1. DefenseRules

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    Congrats!!!!! He was the real deal in the day when a big back was the real key to a running game....A great choice!!! Sad that this honor is many years after his death....
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    Jim Nance was the first major battle the Patriots won against the NFL

    in their competition for players. Jim was a 19th round choice for the

    Patriots and a 4th round choice for the Bears. The Bears did not

    aggressively pursue Nance because they though he had committed

    himself to the Patriots.
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    congratulations: good choice !

    i would have liked also if all 3 would have joined it
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    A fine choice and fitting that one of the AFL greats gets the honor this year!
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    Jim Nance is dead to me.


    Nance is one of my favorite old time Patriots. Used to watch him in mid-summer working out wearing a rubber suit to sweat off weight at Phillips Andover Academy. When he made the cover of SI, I felt that the franchise, much maligned in the 60s, had arrived.

    Sadly like many African American males he suffered from high blood pressure and was prone to cardiac diseases, which I believe did him in at way too young an age. He is missed.
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    Jim Nance (and to a lesser extent Babe Parilli) were they players that drew me to the Pats when I first started to follow football - and decided to follow the local team rather than accept the force-feeding on CBS that a mediocre team from New York should be my favorite team. Don't accept the myth that the AFL was vastly inferior than the NFL back then; Nance was a very, very good player. I'm really glad to see him in the Pats Hall of Fame, and think he is a more worthy choice than some of his contemporaries that got in before he did.
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    Well deserved.

    Sorry RayClay.
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    It is about time. He should have gotten in a while back.
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    I have the exact same feelings about those players and the whole NY 'force-feeding' thing at the time. We had the Giants stuffed down our throats. We'd also get some Browns games and it was a pleasure to watch Jim Brown run.

    Jim Nance was the best of that era, not that there weren't others, Eisenhauer, Hunt, etc. that weren't good players.
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    I think the other two will eventually get in. All were deserving, but Bo Nance was the clear choice.
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    I can't stop picturing Jim Nantz when I hear his name
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    Generation Gap: before Jim Nance passed away, I always pictured Nance in my mind every time I heard CBS say 'we'll be joined by Jim Nantz'!
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