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NFL’s meanest man? Ed Sprinkle’s family tries to debunk myth

Sue Withers laughs at the notion of her father being dubbed the “Meanest Man in Pro Football.” She insists Hall of Fame inductee Ed Sprinkle “was just so gentle.” Withers and other members of Sprinkle’s family are working to debunk the myth that the Chicago Bears great was anything more than a hard-nosed, prototypical pass rusher. Sprinkle died in 2014 at age 90. He is one of 15 people being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame early next month as part of the NFL’s centennial class. Collier’s magazine famously named Sprinkle the “Meanest Man in Pro Football” in 1950. 

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