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Pete Fierle, Manager - Digital Media/Communications
Pete's familiarity with the game's history is a result of spending two decades surrounded by the world's largest collection of pro football information. His many duties include overseeing the Hall's website as well as the day-to-day operation of the Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center.
After a week of a hectic Super Bowl media center at the Sheraton in downtown Dallas, today is like a ghost town. The hustle and bustle of television and radio stations broadcasting that echoed through the lower level of the hotel all week long has now been replaced by the dull clank of the booths being dismantled. The scene now moves out to Cowboys Stadium in preparation for tomorrow’s 45th Super Bowl.
The quietness will be short lived as later today, a deluge of media will return to the media headquarters to cover the announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.
Right now, just one floor above me, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Meeting is taking place. Earlier this morning, the 44 members of the Hall’s Selection Committee entered into a meeting room with a tough task ahead. It’s this group that will be behind locked doors all day.
What is said in that room stays in that room. But, when the selectors emerge and the accountants from Deloitte & Touche tally the votes, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have between four and seven new members to join the 260 enshrinees with bronzed busts in the Hall of Fame Gallery in Canton.
Shortly after the conclusion of today's meeting, Hall of Fame President Steve Perry will open the sealed envelope that contains the names of the Class of 2011 and will share with everyone for the first time, just who will comprise the new class.
Join us at Profootballhof.com for all the details starting at 7 p.m. ET. You can also tune and watch the announcement live on NFL Network and much of it will be streamed live on NFL.com.
Empty this morning but this ballroom will be jammed packed later today when we announce the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.