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I SAID, ‘ADOLPHO BIRCH, NEXT TIME YOU’RE GO­ING TO SEE ME IS IF YOU’RE AT MY HALL OF FAME SPEECH.’ ”

For­mer Pro Bowl line­backer Daryl Wash­ing­ton to USA TO­DAY Sports on what he said to NFL ex­ec­u­tive Adolpho Birch as he made a case to end his ban­ish­ment from the league for vi­o­la­tions of the league’s sub­stance abuse pro­gram. He was re­in­stated in April, more three years since his last NFL game.

WASH­ING­TON BY CASEY SAPIO, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

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