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The Pro Football Hall of Fame and really ugly building

August 29, 2006


Even though I was done with my family research, I was not done with this trip. I have a Bucket List. That is the common name now (after the 2007 movie) for a list of Life Goals. I have had mine since the 2000. I don’t have a conscience recollection of this, but I think it must have been the turn of century that finally inspired me to begin actively trying to accomplish things I had thought (or half thought) that I wanted to do. Two of those items were Visit all 50 States and Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I have been to Ashland, KY half a dozen times, and I have even crossed the Ohio River into Ohio, but I don’t count visiting a state unless I “do something” in it.

Me at The Hall!
Ohio was still on my list, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Ohio. Two birds, One Stone.  I had toyed with the idea of heading to Huntington, WV to have lunch at Hooters (surprisingly, I don’t have a Hooters goal), but it was no where near lunch and they wouldn’t be open for a few hours. My plan was to drive to Canton, spend a few hours there, and then drive to Cincinnati to spend the night. Tomorrow afternoon I would fly home. So I really didn’t have to time to wait around.


The drive to Canton went much quicker than I expected.

The BarrelMan! He just passed away this weekend :>(
I took along an audio book, and between that and the Ohio countryside the four hours melted away pretty quickly. I arrived and easily found both the Hall of Fame and a place to park. I had almost made this trip two years ago, when the greatest quarterback of all time (Yes, I’m very objective), John Elway was inducted. Things didn’t work out then, but I was looking forward to seeing his bust and all of the other displays in the Hall.


I got my ticket and made up my mind to soak in as much as I could. I wasn’t going to rush; my plane doesn’t leave until tomorrow. So even though the Hall of Fame Gallery was what I was most anxious to see, I went in order and saw the “A Century of Pro Football Exhibit” and then “Teams of the NFL”. Both offered a lot of NFL history. I wasn’t terribly surprised that for the Bronco (my team) exhibit in “Teams of the NFL” it was a little light.

John Elway
The Broncos have had a few great players, but because for the most part they played on terrible teams, they didn’t get much notice. But, I still enjoyed it. Right after Teams of the NFL was the gallery. They have the gallery set up in a low light environment, which adds a sense of awe and solemnity to it. I had no trouble finding the bust I was looking for. In my mind I relived some the greatest moments of his career. The first come from behind victory against the Colt, when down by 21 points, Elway rallied the team to victory, his rookie year; “The Drive” in Elway’s 1st AFC Championship Game against Cleveland, and of course the upset victory of Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Those were great times to be a Bronco fan. But, it spoiled us for the rest of our lives. When it comes to the QB position, there was no where to go, but down. Oh well


There were many other exhibits and I had fun playing the trivia game and using the video display terminals to access my favorite Hall of Famers biographies and view their film. I would have spent more time if I had had it, but I did want to make back to Cincy it time to indulge to visit a Hooters Restaurant in Cincinnati. Football, Hooters, and Beer; a guy’s dream day. So after buying a polo shirt from the gift shop I loaded myself into the car and headed south.

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