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Crooner, songwriter Paul Anka shook up HOF jacket ceremony

Paul Anka sings "My Way" with a nod to the Class of 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame members, Brett Farve, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy, from left, Thursday in Canton, Ohio.

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Paul Anka sings "My Way" with a nod to the Class of 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame members, Brett Farve, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy, from left, Thursday in Canton, Ohio.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame gold jacket ceremony Thursday night had a surprise appearance by Paul Anka, the singer, songwriter who crooned most of his hits in the '50's and 60's, such as Lonley Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder.

Anka, 75, is a close friend of former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., who is a member of the HOF class of 2016. On Thursday night in Canton, Ohio, Anka serenaded the inductees with an adaptation of My Way, which became Frank Sinatra's signature song and has been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley.

ESPN's Jorge Sadano, who was co-hosting Mike and Mike with Mike Golic, is 38-years old and had never heard of Anka, who still tours and performs.

His voice still is strong and he did such a good job, the HOF would like for him to perform every year. We'll see if that happens.

But in case you didn't catch the performance, here are the lyrics from last night's ceremony. They included tributes to DeBartolo, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene Tony Dungy and Brett Favre.

(Sung to the tune of My Way)

My way now if I may, I'm here to say that it's no mystery why the Hall of Fame honors your name, as tonight you claim your place in history

With victories great, you've earned your fate, you've done it your way

To begin, this guy was all in, for each Super Bowl win, his 49ers were ready we know who ran that show DeBartolo my buddy Eddie

And there's just one Marvin Harrison, you've received and run your score after score way

And Orlando Pace when you were in their face they got out of your way

And Tony Dungy you lead the way coaching the Colts and Tampa Bay for 15 seasons we've all seen the best defense by Kevin Greene, you sure made tracks, 160 sacks, you did it your way

And Brett it's our good bet we won't forget as fans galore say you'd simply sneeze and more MVPs were headed your way

Like my friend Eddie, you each excel true legends of the NFL, it's humbling yes, but we're not surprised your forever more immortalized in this great Hall because you gave your all, you did it your way.

 

[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2016 12:15pm]

    

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