By Karen Cortell Reisman
The 2010 Football Hall of Fame class is one to remember. The combined achievements of Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, John Randle, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Rickey Jackson make this group arguably the greatest overall class in Hall history according to Alex Marvez - a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com.
But, how about their induction speeches? They do not, collectively, stand a chance as the best in class.
The worst speech: Dick LeBeau.
The best speech (a tie): Floyd Little and Emmitt Smith.
Here's why Dick's speech failed, while Floyd and Emmitt made you want to get off your couch for a standing ovation.
DICK WAS UNPREPARED! Rule number one when giving a speech: don't wing it. Dick LeBeau rambled, fumbled, and droned. If this were a football play, he'd have dropped the ball. Not only did he forget to thank his family, he managed to wind his way from topic to topic without as much as a meaningful segue or logical conclusion.
Both Floyd and Emmitt brought heart, soul, and content to the lectern. Their presentations had:
Congratulations to all the new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But, the Speak For Yourself® Oratory Award goes to Emmitt Smith and Floyd Little. They are true pros.
1. Don't wing it. 2. Edit and organize. 3. Practice your delivery.
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Our challenge is to figure out how to handle the craziness in our lives even when it's difficult to jump out of deeply rooted habits.
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