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  • FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2001, file photo, former Los Angeles Rams great Jack Youngblood stands with his bronze bust after enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jack Youngblood and Bruce Smith have asked NFL owners to promise not to lock out players if a new labor deal isn't reached by early March.  In a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, Youngblood and Smith note the players' union already "pledged to not strike." (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    Letters galore about NFL labor negotiations

    Both sides in the NFL's labor talks are trying to spread the word by putting their positions in writing, and everyone's getting in on the act _ from Hall of Fame players Jack Youngblood and Bruce Smith, to Commissioner Roger Goodell, to mayors of league cities.

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  • "As former players, it is crystal clear that the vast popularity and financial success of football means that a lock out cannot be in the interest of anybody involved, particularly the fans who support the game," Youngblood and Smith wrote. "We understand the need for both sides to create pressure, but also know that at times it is important to decrease tenor and tone in order for the right deal to be made in a non-emotional atmosphere."

    Letters galore about NFL labor negotiations →

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