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HOF Preview: Dirty? Mawae worked angles to Hall of Fame

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dirty. A cheap shot artist. Even a dirty Christian for wearing a cross on his face mask and then using every trick Kevin Mawae knew to open holes for his running back or protect his quarterback.

Mawae heard all that chatter, and it bothered him.

Then he realized he was playing football the only way he knew how as an undersized center in the NFL.

"I wasn't stronger and bigger than a lot of guys," Mawae said. "Early in my career, I was considered a finesse player, and that bothered me because I wasn't.