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Eddie DeBartolo Jr. had his eye on buying Bucs 10 years ago

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., talks with reporters Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) OHGP107

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., talks with reporters Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) OHGP107

CANTON, Ohio — Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., has had many opportunities to return to the NFL. But the only team he was interested in buying was the Bucs, and he actually got a group together about 10 years ago to approach the Glazer family, which owns the team.

Of course, the Glazers made it known the team wasn't for sale and over the years, DeBartolo has developed a friendship with the family.

On Friday, DeBartolo said he has ruled out ever returning to the NFL as an owner.

"Been there, done that," he said.

BE PREPARED: Marvin Harrison was always a man of few words, so many are wondering how long the former Colts receiver will speak when he is inducted tonight.

"I would put the over under at nine minutes," said Tony Dungy, his former coach in Indianapolis.

At least Harrison is preparing like he did during his 13-year career. He took a walk through the venue on Thursday where he'll be giving his speech. "I wanted to go see where it is, how far the stage is, where the lights are going to be," Harrison said. "I wanted to prepare myself."

FAVRE IN AWE: Brett Favre grew up a Cowboys fan and received an email from Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach saying he couldn't be in Canton this weekend.

"I had to pick my jaw off the floor," said Favre, who will be inducted tonight. "I don't know if I'll ever feel like an equal to these guys.

SURPRISE: 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 1950s and '60s.

Anka, 75, is a close friend of DeBartolo. Anka serenaded the Hall of Fame inductees with an adaptation of My Way, which became Frank Sinatra's signature song.

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 Hall of Fame said it would like for him to perform every year.

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