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Two former Ravens in running for Hall of Fame

Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe, two players known for suiting up for other teams but have ties to the Ravens, are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Sanders, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins from 1989 to 2000. But he finished his stellar career as a nickel back for the Ravens in 2004 and 2005.

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Sharpe became the first tight end ever to amass over 10,000 receiving yards and held nearly every record for a tight end when he retired after the 2003 season. He spent most of his career with the Denver Broncos, but he played a key role in the Ravens' Super Bowl championship in 2000.

"My brother (Sterling) has told me, 'You're so close,' " Sharpe told The Denver Post. "But how close am I really?"

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Sanders and running back Marshall Faulk are considered the two locks to get voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Sharpe and 12 others (running backs Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis; wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed; offensive tackle Willie Roaf; center Dermontti Dawson; defensive ends Richard Dent, Chris Doleman and Charles Haley; defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol) are going after the remaining three spots.

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