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Tippett praises former teammates

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Tippett in Canton (AP Photo)

CANTON, Ohio – Andre Tippett just spoke with members of the press here at the McKinley Grand Hotel, and he was asked – now that he’s in town – what it means to share this moment with his past teammates, specifically those on non-Super Bowl caliber teams.

“I was real fortunate to play with some really, really good football players,” he responded. “I don’t think we had the success, continuously, that we thought we would have. I don’t think that after going to Super Bowl XX, any of us envisioned not being able to get back again. We thought we would have a few more years competing at that level.

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“But, as all my classmates will attest to, we don’t get here unless we have great people that are around us, great teammates. I had some great teammates over the years, specifically some of the linebackers that I’ve played with. I played with some great guys in Steve Nelson and Don Blackmon. Without Don Blackmon, I really wouldn’t be here today because he was as good as some of the greatest linebackers to play the game.

“We had some great defenses for about a six-year period. As I go in, and people celebrate me, you celebrate those guys that were there [with me].”

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