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Class of 2019 Presenters

Class of 2019 Presenters

07/19/2019
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The eight members of the Class of 2019 - Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson - will be honored during Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in Canton Aug. 1-4.

The official role of the presenter is to introduce the enshrinee via video and accompany the enshrinee during their enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The presenter will join the class member on stage to unveil his Bronzed Bust.

PRESENTERS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019

  • CHAMP BAILEY - Jack Reale, Champ’s agent
  • PAT BOWLEN - Steve “Greek” Antonopulos, longtime Broncos trainer
  • GIL BRANDT - JERRY JONES, Cowboys Hall of Fame owner
  • TONY GONZALEZ - Dennis Allen, Tony’s cousin and best friend
  • TY LAW - Byron Washington, Ty’s friend
  • KEVIN MAWAE - Tracy Mawae, Kevin’s wife
  • ED REED - Edward Reed, Sr., Ed’s father
  • JOHNNY ROBINSON - Bob Thompson, Johnny’s stepson

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Tracy Mawae will become the fifth wife to present a husband when she presents Kevin.

Brandt selected Dallas Cowboys owner JERRY JONES as his presenter. This will be the fourth time Jones has served as a presenter. Jones previously presented MICHAEL IRVIN (2007), EMMITT SMITH (2010) and LARRY ALLEN (2013).

Bailey chose Jack Reale, his agent, attorney and friend for the last 20 years, to present him on Aug. 3. “I am honored that Champ has chosen me,” said Reale. “It was truly a joy watching him grow and develop into the league’s best defensive back and I am proud to be here for the next step in his journey.”

Reed will be presented by his father, Edward Reed, Sr. This will be the ninth time a father has presented his son at enshrinement.

The group also includes the second ever trainer as a presenter. Steve “Greek” Antonopulos has worked for the Broncos franchise for 43 years and will serve as the presenter for Bowlen. The first trainer to present an enshrinee was Ed Abramoski for BILLY SHAW in 1999.

Gonzalez will be presented by his cousin and best friend, Dennis Allen. “He’s been there since the beginning. He’s been a huge part of my life on and off the field,” Gonzalez shared. “You got to have people that are going to tell you the truth in a loving way. You don’t have to be brutally honest. You can be lovingly honest. He has always been very lovingly honest with me.”

Robinson’s stepson, Bob Thompson, will serve as his presenter. “There really aren’t adequate words to  describe the emotions that I have being asked to be the presenter for Johnny Robinson. To be chosen as presenter is one of the greatest honors of my life,” said Thompson. “I bet there aren’t many guys in the world that can say that his childhood football hero eventually became his stepdad!”

Law selected his lifelong friend, Byron Washington, to serve in the role as his presenter.

NFL SEASON KICKS OFF IN CANTON

The National Football League season kicks off each year in Canton with a spectacular celebration, unlike any other, centered around the Enshrinement of the newest class of enshrinees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls features 18 diverse events that attracts 700,000 fans from across the country and the world.

 

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