Greatness Bronzed


8/8/09
 


Mother Nature proved she loves football. Intermittent rain and potentially threatening weather ceased late in the day Saturday. And, just as Rich Eisen stepped to the podium as emcee of the 2009 Enshrinement Ceremony at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium the sun finally broke through the clouds just in time for the evening ceremony.

The spotlight quickly focused on the six newest legends to officially join pro football’s most coveted fraternity – enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Nearly 13,000 fans, many clad in Buffalo Bills’ blue and red, packed into the stadium to witness the ceremony. Joining them were the more than 80 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who returned to welcome the newest class.

Ralph Wilson, Jr., Randall McDaniel, Bob Hayes, Rod Woodson, Derrick Thomas, and Bruce Smith now bring the number of all-time greats with busts in the Hall of Fame Gallery to 253.

Road to Canton in ‘09
 17 Finalists
 Semi-finalists
 Modern Era Nominees
 Senior Candidates 
 

Bob Hayes Derrick Thomas

HOF Bio
Enshrinement Speech Transcript
 Video: Enshrinement Speech highlights
Photo Gallery: Career in photos

HOF Bio
Enshrinement Speech Transcript
 Video: Enshrinement Speech highlights 
Photo Gallery: Career in photos
       
Randall McDaniel Ralph Wilson, Jr.
HOF Bio
Enshrinement Speech Transcript
 Video: Enshrinement Speech highlights 
Photo Gallery: Career in photos
HOF Bio
Enshrinement Speech Transcript
 Video: Enshrinement Speech highlights
Photo Gallery: Career in photos
       
Bruce Smith Rod Woodson
HOF Bio
Enshrinement Speech Transcript
 Video: Enshrinement Speech highlights 
Photo Gallery: Career in photos
HOF Bio
Enshrinement Speech Transcript
 Video: Enshrinement Speech highlights
Photo Gallery: Career in photos


NFL.com

From behind the scenes, to entertaining columns, video, and blogging, the team from NFL.com covered Canton ’09 like no one else.

Hall of Fame blogs

Feature stories:

Vic Carucci
A day for Wilson, a day for Smith -- a hallmark day for Buffalo
Notes from Canton: Bills ready for a big weekend
Hayes had speed to succeed, but his work ethic released true football talent
 

Thomas George
Loved ones give Hayes, Thomas their Hall of Fame moments

Gil Brandt’s Hall Recall:

Smith was always a man among boys
Once Wilson settled in Buffalo, he was a proud and loyal owner
Steady McDaniel was one of the best interior linemen ever
Sackmaster Thomas was all smiles. Opposing QBs? Not so much
 

Nick Bakay
The do-it-yourself, customizable Hall of Fame speech

 

Welcoming Committees

Mel Blount welcomes fellow Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson
Gary Zimmerman welcomes former teammate Randall McDaniel
Levy: Congratulations to the pride of Buffalo
Jim Kelly welcomes former Bills teammate Bruce Smith to Hall of Fame

Chats

Aug. 7Live chat from McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, Ohio
July 22 - Randall McDaniel
July 21 - Ralph Wilson
 

More on the Weekend from Profootballhof.com:
Award winners
Irv Cross named Pete-Rozelle Radio-TV Award winner
Peter King honored with McCann Award
Student Art Contest winners

 

More from Profootballhof.com
Hall of Fame Selection Process
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