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Longtime Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope, who served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's board of selectors from 1977-2014, passed away Thursday evening at the age of 88.

Pope was a giant of journalism, four times recognized by the National Headliner's Club as the nation's best sportswriter and the 1989 recipient of the Red Smith Award, the highest honor for a sportswriter.

He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and was the 2002 recipient of the Dick McCann award, inducting him into the writers' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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"He was," as Hall-of-Fame voter Armando Salguero said, "royalty."

Pope was profiled in Friday's Miami Herald, and we post it here so that those who did not know or hear of Edwin Pope can understand what they missed:

(Edwin Pope photo courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame)