Weekend in Review: Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013 Induction

Street view of festivities at the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013 Induction

Street view of festivities at the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013 Induction

The feeling of football was brought back as I walked off the bus on to the fairgrounds of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Thousands of people with their favorite team’s colors bouncing around with hope of getting a picture or autograph of the greatest to ever play the game of football.

The event is so fantastic to think about.  One of the only events where you will seen grown men cry on national television.

Visiting Canton, Ohio really makes you respect the beginnings of the professional football in the United States.

The history of the sport and the numerous memorabilia really got me excited for the new season to start.

Rookie QBs Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck's game-worn jerseys

Rookie QBs Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck’s game-worn jerseys

As I scrolled through the years of football in the “Hall”, I realized that one day I will get to tell my kids about the days of Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady — just as my dad explained who Jim Thorpe and Dick Butkus was to me.

Begrudgingly telling the next generation about the Patriots’ perfect season in 2007 and the Pittsburgh Steelers being dominant during my early years.

Draft cards used in the 2013 NFL Entry Draft

Draft cards used in the 2013 NFL Entry Draft

The nostalgia in the Hall of Fame is incredible.

Seeing the draft cards from this years draft, Devin Hester‘s game-worn jersey from when he beat the punt touchdown record and Ray Lewis‘ jersey from his final game as a Baltimore Raven when they won their second Super Bowl.

Santonio Holmes' and Drew Brees' jerseys from their respective Super Bowl wins

Santonio Holmes’ and Drew Brees’ jerseys from their respective Super Bowl wins

The history from the Super Bowl is probably the greatest part of the museum.

All of the Super Bowl rings are presented on the wall and moments from every Super Bowl are plastered every which way you look.

Drew Brees‘ jersey from when he took his underrated New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl and won in 2009 is there.

Santonio Holmes‘ jersey from when he caught that amazing pass in the Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals in 2008 is there.

Lynn Swann‘s jersey from when he made “The Catch” is also there.

The Super Bowl Theater in the middle of the Hall of Fame museum was presenting a special called, “Road to the Super Bowl 2013.”  The movie went into the stages of the regular season and then went in-depth on the recent Super Bowl between the Ravens and 49ers.

The electric sound that came from the hits and the intense speed of the players running to make a play brought me to chills.

The Lombardi Trophy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Lombardi Trophy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The day was so much fun and I enjoyed every single second — from the five tent long NFL merchandise store to the corn hole tournament being played by the top 50 corn hole players in the country (which I didn’t know was a professional sport).

The entire event really made me want to watch more NFL next season (which I already watch a lot of) and made me appreciate the past of the game we love today.

Hopefully the Lombardi Trophy in the picture above (which will be given to the NFL Champion in 2014) will make its way to the New York Jets — which is hopeful thinking.

I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything and if you have the chance to go (especially on Induction Day), take advantage of the experience.

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