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Most newly crowned Pro Football Hall-of-Famers wait weeks, sometimes months, before deciding who presents them for induction at Canton.
But not Kevin Mawae.
The former All-Pro center said on a recent Talk of Fame Network broadcast that it took a couple of nanoseconds before he chose his wife, Tracy, to present him as a member of the Class of 2019 in August.
“For me,” Mawae said, “it was never a thought … or I had to figure it out. I mean, when my name first came up as a semifinalist in my first year of eligibility (2015), and my kids started talking about it – we watch the Hall-of-Fame inductions every year – my daughter was like: ‘I want to do it.” And my son (said,) ‘Why do you get to do it?’
“And I was like, ‘Neither one of you is going to do it. Mom’s going to do it.’ There was never a wait-and-see.”
Having family members present inductees is nothing new. It happens frequently, with seven of the past 14 to show up at Canton (Terrell Owens did not attend in 2018) having family members speak on their behalf.
Senior candidate Robert Brazile last year had his father do it. Jerry Kramer and Ray Lewis had their daughters speak. Randy Moss had his daughter. And Kurt Warner and Jerry Jones each had their wives introduce them when they were inducted in 2017.
“I’ve had some great coaches and some very influential coaches in my career,” said Mawae, “and my agent is the same agent for my entire NFL career. All of them played a vital role in my success. But none of them more so than Tracy.
“We’ve been together for almost 30 years, both dating and been married. I’ve been with her since the very first game I started as a redshirt freshman in college, and she went through all 40 games in college and 240-something games in the NFL. There’s nobody that’s more deserving of this honor than her.”
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