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"Are You Ready for some Football?"
Pro football is just around the corner. What better way to usher in the much anticipated season than to visit NFL Pro Football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio!
The entrance proudly displays a statue of legendary Jim Thorpe. Two levels of separate halls include "A Century of Pro Football" history, "Teams of the NFL," "Hall of Fame Gallery," "Moments, Memories & Mementos Gallery," "The Other Leagues Gallery," "Pro Football Today Gallery," a "Super Bowl Theater," "The Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery," and an "Interactive Exhibit Gallery."
Visitors will also enjoy the Tailgate Snack Bar, and the Hall of Fame Store.
First Paid Pro
On November 12, 1892, William "Pudge" Heffelfinger was paid a $500 bonus to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association in a game against the rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club. The game was played at Recreation Park on Pittsburgh's north shore. The spot is marked by a historic marker. Although the payment for Heffelfinger's play was not published or admitted, his presence set off quite a controversy as Pittsburgh A.C. protested the presence of Heffelfinger and several other Chicago Athletic Association players in their line-up. Allegheny retaliated with the fact that Pittsburgh had imported players as well. The game ended in a 4-0 Allegheny win (touchdowns were only 4 points in those days). Heffelfinger scored the game's only touchdown on a recovered fumble.The original accounting ledger is on display for all to view, along with vintage uniforms, and other historical exhibits.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football League's championship game, the Super Bowl.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy stands 22 inches (56 cm) tall, weighs 7 pounds (3.2 kg) and depicts a regulation-size football fin kicking position on a stand with three concave sides. It is made entirely of sterling silver and takes approximately four months and 72 man-hours to create.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the most Vince Lombardi Trophies, with six. The San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Green Bay Packers are tied for second with five Vince Lombardi Trophies apiece.
The NFL Hall of Fame Gallery
No, not the talking heads....all the greats in football are enshrined here...legendary Jim Thorpe, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Red Grange, Joe Montana, Lynn Swan, Randall McDaniel, Larry Csonka, George Blanda, Elroy Hirsch, Dan Marino, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Joe Namath, Troy Aikman, Dan Fouts, Dick Butkas, Franco Harris, Mike Ditka, Dan Dierdorf, Tony Dorsett, Frank Gifford, Joe Greene...to name a few of more than 253 recipients!
Vince Lombardi's Career Highlights and Awards
- AP NFL Coach of the Year (1959)
- Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971)
- 2× Super Bowl champion (I and II)
- 5× NFL Championship victories (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)
- 96-34-6 (regular season record)
- 9-1 (playoff record)
- 105-35-6 (overall record)
- Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (1975)
- Washington Redskins Ring of Fame (1997).
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Every Pro Team is represented, as shown here, with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Each team's history and statistics are capsulated within the display.
Any individual, team and comparative statistics can be gleaned from the scoreboards, and interactive displays throughout the halls.
Bring the entire family, young and old alike. Learn the history and every known statistic for your favorite team. Then, dust off the stadium seats, locate your tickets, and participate!