NFL Network to air live announcement of Class of 2011


The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 will be announced live on NFL Network on Saturday, Feb. 5. The unveiling of the class will be made during a 90-minute special, Road to Canton: Hall of Fame Announcement Show: Class of 2011 presented by Van Heusen/JC Penney.

The program airs live starting at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) and will be broadcast in HD. Host Rich Eisen will be joined by three previously elected Hall of Famers, Rod Woodson, Michael Irvin and Steve Young who will share their thoughts on Hall of Fame election and the list of 17 finalists.

Earlier that day, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 44-person selection committee will meet in Dallas to elect the new class of enshrinees from a list of 17 finalists. Current by-laws stipulate that a class may not be fewer than four or more than seven. The maximum number of modern-era nominees that can be elected are five. A class of six or seven can only be achieved if one or both of the senior nominees are elected.

The results of the voting will be tabulated by the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche and will not be shared until the live show on NFL Network.

Road to Canton: Hall of Fame Announcement Show: Class of 2011 presented by Van Heusen/JC Penney is part of NFL Network's expansive coverage of Super Bowl XLV in North Texas. The network will broadcast more than 100 hours of coverage in HD throughout Super Bowl week.

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