FOOTBALL'S GREATEST REUNION UPDATE
The count is now 111 of the 136 living members of the Pro Football Hall of
Fame who will be on hand in Canton, Ohio, July 28-31 to celebrate Pro
Football's Greatest Reunion. Believed to be the largest reunion of any sports
hall of fame at any one time, the unprecedented gathering is a fitting way to
kick off the NFL’s Century Celebration.
“Our NFL Century celebration will help us kickoff the first season of the
new millennium in a special way,” commented NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
“The celebration will be a season-long series of events that will highlight
today’s great players and link them to the 80-year tradition of NFL games,
alumni, and teams that have helped make pro football the fan’s favorite
sport.” It was Tagliabue who first conceived of the idea of a Hall of Fame
While 88-year-old Sid Gillman is the oldest Hall of Famer planning to
attend, Otto Graham and Steve Van Buren represent the earliest Hall of Fame
Class to attend. Graham and Van Buren are from the Class of 1965. The only
living member of the Hall’s charter class of 1963 is Sammy Baugh who is
unable to attend the festivities. There are no living members of the Class of
The Cleveland Browns will be the most represented team at the reunion with
11 Hall of Famers attending. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a close second with
10, and the Oakland Raiders with nine, are third.
Hall of Fame quarterback Ace Parker, who at 88-years-old is just a few
months younger than Gillman, is also planning on attending the reunion. Parker
who had an outstanding collegiate and pro career is the only Hall of Famer
attending who did not play on a current NFL team. The triple-threat back
played for the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Yanks and New York Yankees.
A COMPLETE LIST OF ATTENDING HALL OF FAME MEMBERS FOLLOWS:
Johnson, John Henry
Selmon, Lee Roy
St. Clair, Bob
Van Buren, Steve
Class of 2000