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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). It opened in Canton, Ohio, United States, on September 7, 1963 with 17 charter inductees.[1] Through 2007, all but one of the inductees played some part of their pro career in the NFL. The lone exception is Buffalo Bills guard Billy Shaw, who played his entire career in the American Football League (AFL) prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have the most Hall of Famers in the league at 26. Image File history File links Pro_Football_HoF_logo. ... Walhalla temple, Germany A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of museum established for any a field of endeavour to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Canton is a city in Stark County, Ohio, United States. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... William Lewis Billy Shaw (born December 15, 1938 in Natchez, Mississippi) was an American college and professional football player. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ...

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History

Canton was primarily selected as the location for the Hall of Fame for three reasons:[1] First, the NFL, then known as the American Professional Football Association, was founded in Canton in 1920. Second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs, were a successful NFL team based in Canton during the first few years of the league. And finally, the community of Canton successfully lobbied to the NFL to have the Hall built in their city. For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The Canton Bulldogs played in Canton, Ohio in the National Football League from 1920 - 1923 and 1925 - 1926. ...


Groundbreaking for the building was held on August 11, 1962. The original building contained just two rooms, and 19,000 square feet of interior space.


In April 1970, groundbreaking occurred for the first of many expansions. This first expansion cost $620,000, and was completed in May 1971. The size was increased to 34,000 square feet by adding another room. The gift shop opened with this expansion. This was also an important milestone for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as yearly attendance passed the 200,000 mark for the first time.


In November 1977, work begun on another expansion project, costing $1,200,000. It was completed in November 1978, enlarging the gift shop and research library, while doubling the size of the theater. The total size of the hall was now 50,500 square feet, more than 2.5 times the original size.


The building remained largely unchanged until July 1993. The hall announced yet another expansion, costing $9,200,000, and adding a fifth room to the hall. This expansion was completed in October 1995. The building's size was increased to 82,307 square feet. The most notable addition was the GameDay Stadium, which shows an NFL Films production on a 20-foot by 42-foot Cinemascope screen. [[1]]


Selection process

Board of Selectors

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

Enshrinees are selected by a 39-member committee, largely made up of sportswriters, officially known as the Board of Selectors.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 596 pixel Image in higher resolution (2576 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 596 pixel Image in higher resolution (2576 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ...


Usually, the representative is a beat writer for the major newspaper in that city, although this is not always the case; for instance, the Atlanta Falcons are represented by ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli (who lives in Atlanta and formerly wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), while the Seattle Seahawks' vote belongs to Pasquarelli's ESPN.com colleague, John Clayton (a former Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times who still lives in Seattle). City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... ESPN.com logo ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN and a division of ESPN Inc. ... Len Pasquarelli is an American sportswriter and analyst with ESPN.com and a 25-year veteran of covering the NFL. He joined ESPN.com in 2001 and has since become a frequent contributor to the other ESPN outlets, including SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine. ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the only major daily newspaper of Atlanta and metro Atlanta. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... John Clayton was also the birth name of the fictional character Tarzan. ... The daily Seattle Times is the leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ...


There are also six at-large delegates (usually cities that lose NFL teams keep representation on the board; Los Angeles is the only current city to have lost an NFL team and not been granted an expansion team), and one representative from the Pro Football Writers of America. Except for the PFWA representative, who is appointed to a two-year term, all other appointments are open-ended and terminated only by death, retirement, or resignation. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


Voting procedure

To be eligible for the nominating process, a player must have been retired at least five years, and a coach must be retired. Any other contributor such as a team owner or executive can be elected at any time.[3]


Fans may nominate any player, coach or contributor by simply writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Selection Committee is then polled three times by mail to eventually narrow the list to 25 semifinalists: once in March, one in September, and one in October. In November, the committee then selects 15 finalists by mail balloting.


Nine members of the Selection Committee also serve as a subcommittee known as the Seniors Committee to screen candidates who finished their careers 25 or more years prior.[3] The Seniors Committee then adds two finalists from prior to the modern era, making a final ballot of 17.


The Selection Committee then meets the day before each Super Bowl game to elect a new class. To be elected, a finalist must receive at least 80 percent support from the Board, with at least three, but no more than six, candidates being elected annually. If no candidate gets 80 percent, then the top three vote-getters will get in that year. If more than six get 80 percent, then only the top six vote-getters will be inducted. The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Induction ceremony

The induction ceremony is usually held the first full weekend in August. A community festival is held throughout the week in Canton leading up to the induction ceremonies. Also, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, an annual NFL pre-season exhibition game, is held the day after the induction ceremony. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League pre-season exhibition game that is held a few days after the Pro Football Hall of Fames induction ceremonies. ... An exhibition game is the North American term for a sporting event in which there is no gain or loss from whether the competitors are victorious or not in the competition. ...


Enshrinees do not go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of a certain team. Rather, all of an inductee's affiliations are listed equally.[3] While the Baseball Hall of Fame plaques generally depict each of their inductees wearing a particular club's cap (with a few exceptions, such as Catfish Hunter), the bust sculptures of each Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee make no reference to any specific team. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... James Augustus Catfish Hunter (April 8, 1946 – September 9, 1999), son of Abbott and Millie Hunter, was a prolific Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher between 1965 and 1979. ...


Previous induction ceremonies were held during the day, however, the 2007 ceremony will take place during the evening. [[2]]


Inductees

This is a list of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ...

See also

United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... The Canadian Football Hall of Fame officially opened as a museum to dedicate football in Canada on November 28, 1972. ... See one of the following lists of American football players: List of current American football players List of retired American football players See also American Football League Pro Football Hall of Fame American football List of leagues of American football External links American Football League Website NFL Website Categories: Lists... The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League pre-season exhibition game that is held a few days after the Pro Football Hall of Fames induction ceremonies. ...

References

  1. ^ a b HOF opened on Sept. 7, 1963. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-01-29.
  2. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Process. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-01-29.
  3. ^ a b c Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Process FAQ. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-01-29.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (672 words)
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football League's Hall of Fame.
The American Professional Football Association, which was later renamed to the National Football League, was founded in Canton.
Also, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, an annual NFL pre-season exhibition game, is held a few days after the induction ceremonies.
Wikipedia: Pro Football Hall of Fame (410 words)
Rather than naming its hall of fame the "NFL Hall of Fame", the National Football League calls it the Pro Football Hall of Fame, even though its displays and inductees are dominated by NFL teams and players.
The Hall is located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the NFL in 1920.
Because of the financial support of the hall by the NFL, and because the initial members of its board of selectors were from NFL cities only, the NFL preference of the hall is evident to this day, and some American Football League players with excellent credentials have been excluded.
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