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Frank Deford in 1991, holding a dummy copy of the final edition of The National Sports Daily, which he edited and published. It's hard to distill 37 years of Deford's sports commentaries down to a few "best of" pieces. But, before he retired, he shared some of his favorites with us. Susan Ragan/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford is shown here in 1984, four years into his gig as sports commentator on Morning Edition. Bob Child/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford: A Career Spent Bringing 'Something New' To Sports

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President Barack Obama laughs with Frank Deford as he awards him the 2012 National Humanities Medal for transforming how we think about sports, during a ceremony in the East Room of White House on July 10, 2013. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Deford Says Thanks For A Good Game, Drops Mic

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Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday in Augusta, Ga. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Let's Ring In Spring With The Masters Golf Tournament

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U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky holds up her gold medal after winning the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Games in London. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning meets with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after an NFL game in Indianapolis in 2011. Manning and Newton will square off in the 50th Super Bowl, in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday. The two quarterbacks were No. 1 overall draft picks 13 years apart. AJ Mast/AP hide caption

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Super Bowl 50's Quarterbacks: So Talented And So Different

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More College Football Bowl Games Than Winning Teams?

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Olympic team members stand on the field as the Olympic flag flies at half-staff during a memorial service in the Munich Olympic Stadium in Germany on Sept. 6, 1972. Eleven Israeli team members were killed by Arab guerrillas at the Summer Olympic Games. A crowd of 80,000 filled the stadium to capacity. AP hide caption

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Monument Underway For Slain 1972 Israeli Olympians

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Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lindrives past Sacramento Kings' Omri Casspi in the second half of a game on Nov. 23. The Hornets won 127-122 in overtime. The Kings haven't won a championship since 1951. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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There Are No Winners Without Losers

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Members of the University of Missouri Tigers football team return to practice Nov. 10 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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Commentary: Mizzou Football And The Power Of The Players

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Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (second from left) shakes hands with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson after the NFL football game between the Lions and Chiefs at Wembley Stadium in London on Nov. 1. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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The NFL Is Kicking The Ball To The United Kingdom. Why?

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick signals from the sideline in the second half of an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Bill Belichick: Love Him, Hate Him, But Don't Deny He's An Original

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Devlin D'Zmura, a news manager at daily fantasy sports company DraftKings on Sept. 9. Customers of the two biggest daily fantasy sports websites — DraftKings and FanDuel — filed at least four lawsuits against the sites in October 2015. The customers accused the sites of cheating, and argued they wouldn't have played had they known employees with insider knowledge were playing on rival sites. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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States Should Get Into The Sports Gambling Game

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