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Class of 2010 to be announced Saturday at 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network

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02/04/2010

CLASS OF 2010 UNVEILED SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 5:00 PM ET PRIOR TO SUPER BOWL XLIV IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Final “Road To Canton” Special Features Hall of Famers Michael Irvin, Rod Woodson and Steve Young with Host Rich Eisen

In a special ceremony the day before Super Bowl XLIV, NFL Network announces the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees. Finalists for the class of 2010 include the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, all-time leading receiver Jerry Rice, and 14 other former players and a coach.

This year features a brand new format for the Hall of Fame announcement show. NFL Network and the Hall of Fame have transformed the announcement into a lavish ceremony to celebrate the new enshrinees. The two-hour special and final installment of the “Road to Canton” series on Saturday, February 6 at 5:00 PM ET features interviews with the new members, video montages of their careers and more.

From a brand new set at the Super Bowl Media Center in South Florida, Rich Eisen hosts alongside Hall of Famers Michael Irvin, Rod Woodson and Steve Young. They will be joined by the new enshrinees and current Hall of Fame members for interviews. In addition, the special will cover the process that determines who is inducted and the toughest decisions that were made this year.

Portions of the announcement ceremony will also be available live on NFL.com.

The first-ever Fan’s Choice Class of 2010 will also be revealed live during the show. In September, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Phillips Van Heusen Corporate and JCPenney teamed up to invite fans to vote for who they believe should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 with the Fan’s Choice campaign at www.fanschoice.com. More than 1.2 million votes have been cast since the program’s inception. Poll results will be revealed on the show, with in depth analysis, and a comparison to the official Hall of Fame Selection Committee vote.

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