Hall of Fame at Super Bowl XLVIII


The Pro Football Hall of Fame has large footprint at Super Bowl XLVIII celebration

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has a large presence throughout the entire Super Bowl XLVIII celebration in New York/New Jersey. The Super Bowl is widely considered as an undeclared national holiday. It also provides the perfect stage to carry out the Hall of Fame’s mission of celebrating pro football excellence and promoting the positive values of the sport.

Chief among them and for the first time, the Hall of Fame’s newest class of enshrinees will be introduced during the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” show. This two-hour primetime awards show from the renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York will air nationally on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX, the day before the Super Bowl. The newly elected Class of 2014 will also be introduced to the fans in MetLife Stadium during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Amid the numerous officially sanctioned Super Bowl events is the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Merlin Olsen Luncheon. Now in its ninth year, and named after the late Hall of Fame defensive tackle, the sold-out luncheon takes place on the Friday before Super Bowl XLVIII. The private luncheon provides nearly 300 guests with exclusive access to some of the NFL’s greatest legends. On hand are 25 Hall of Famers including Emmitt Smith, Lynn Swann, Roger Staubach and Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Muñoz who will serve as the emcee.

The Hall of Fame also has hundreds of irreplaceable and one-of-a-kind artifacts sprinkled throughout the region. The largest presence without question is the Hall of Fame’s large-scale national traveling exhibit, Gridiron Glory, The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the Liberty Science Center in Liberty, N.J. Gridiron Glory is an 8,000 square-foot exhibit which includes more than 200 rare and never-before seen artifacts from the Hall of Fame’s collection. Large-scale multimedia experiences and revolutionary material from NFL Films captures not only the essence of the game but provides a unique visitor experience. Gridiron Glory is open at the Liberty Science Center until March 2, 2014.

The Hall of Fame is also a large contributor to the National Football League’s partnership with the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official. This interactive experience gives families a rare behind-the-scenes look at NFL officiating and the opportunity to train like an NFL pro. The Hall of Fame shared many rarely seen artifacts such as an official’s jacket and penalty horn from 1940 and a penalty flag used by Burl Toler, the first African American official in NFL history. You Make the Call remains on exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan until Feb. 28, 2014.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame loaned more than 20 artifacts to the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee’s Join the Huddle Tour. Irreplaceable items such as Hall of Fame center Mike Webster’s shoulder pads and coach Hank Stram’s film projector were installed in the Committee’s traveling “Huddle Shuttle.” This interactive tour visited local communities across the New York and New Jersey region to offer football fun for the whole family. The traveling tour is currently anchored on Super Bowl Boulevard near Times Square in Manhattan.

The Hall of Fame also assisted the NFL in opening its first-ever Super Bowl-themed pop-up restaurant aptly named FORTY ATE. The culinary adventure, located at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, gives fans a taste of Super Bowl hospitality. FORTY ATE features 13 Hall of Famer busts including the likenesses of Super Bowl MVPs Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, and Steve Young. FORTY ATE is open until Saturday, Feb. 1 by reservation only (212-450-2014).

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