Oldest ex-NFL player visits Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - He was in the NFL when players wore leather helmets and no face masks and made $125 a week, if they were lucky.

Sam Dana, 100, made his first visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton on Wednesday for the museum's annual Senior Citizens Day.

He's the oldest living ex-NFL player. During his playing days, Dana was known as "Smoke Salemi" when he played for the New York Yankees in 1927 and 1928.

The Kenmore, N.Y., man wore a Buffalo Bills jersey with the number 100 on it. He gets around on a walker these days after breaking a hip while playing basketball at the age of 87.

He played college football with Lou Gehrig and got to watch Jim Thorpe play in 1920 along with other notables.

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