Magical Monday: “The Golden Road to Enshrinement Continues”
It has been less than 36 hours since Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner heard a thumping rap of knuckles on their hotel room doors in Houston. Their lives will forever be changed after hearing the booming voice of Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker saying “You Are Going to Canton!”
These seven men and their legacies of excellence are forever immortalized with the greatest players, coaches and contributors of all-time. Their selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame elevates the elite number of Hall of Fame members to 310.
The men who make up the Class of 2017 will now be looked at, not only as the greatest players, coaches and contributors the game has ever seen, but they will be revered in a way that they now have a new responsibility and mission that can change people’s lives. To lead, to inspire and to shine the light that is on them back to the many people throughout the world that look to them for leadership.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was crowned Saturday night during the nationally televised “NFL Honors” show in front of millions of viewers. They were then whisked off stage to a national press conference.
While Sunday was game day for the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, the newly elected Class was in demand completing a number of press appearances. They were then introduced on the field before Super Bowl LI, watched the game in a luxury suite, while getting acquainted with new teammates from the greatest team they will ever be a part of. It’s a Nirvana like dream world, but the memories created this weekend will last forever.
"Magical Monday," when all the focus is on orienting the newest class and their families to how their lives will change in both the long- and short-term. Gold Jackets will be on hand to help the new class get ready for their grand coronation. The Hall of Famers will share intimate testimonies of what it means to be a part of this exclusive and prestige football fraternity and give advice on how to get ready for Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, in Canton, Ohio this August.
The 2017 Class enjoyed a welcome breakfast hosted by the President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame David Baker and his wife Colleen.
After the warm welcome, the members of the Class of 2017 are greeted by NFL Network for more media availability. Then it’s time to be measured for the three iconic symbols that embody the essence of a Hall of Famer, the Bronze Bust, Haggar Gold Jacket, and the Kay Jewelers Ring of Excellence.
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Each class member will have a 360-degree photograph taken of their head and their skulls, jaws, ears, neck, forehead, nose and chin measured with a caliper for precision that would only otherwise be used to outfit a “NASA” helmet if they were being sent to outer space!
While Dorothy had her yellow brick road to Oz, this golden road leads to Canton for these special men who make up the Class of 2017, and the memories that will be created throughout their road to immortality will never be forgotten.
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