The following story appears in the June 29 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
What more did they have to do? The revolutionary pass-rusher ranks sixth all time in sacks. The crafty curveball-slinger won more games than nearly 40 enshrined starters. The gritty right wing set a new standard for physical play. Yet ex-Bear Richard Dent, ex-Twin Bert Blyleven and ex-Islander Bob "Thor" Nystrom just can't break down the doors to their Halls of Fame. Well, in the hopes that a big-name endorsement might sway a critical mass of voters, Dwight Freeney, Joe Mauer and Mike Komisarek stepped up to testify on behalf of their heroes. Because sometimes it takes greatness to recognize it.