The history of the NFL, live and in person

Posted by Darren Urban on August 2, 2014 – 8:30 am

The main part of Hall of Fame weekend comes tonight, when the seven-man class is officially inducted here in Canton, when the men all give their (often emotional) speeches and the busts are unveiled. But Friday night was significant as well. The new enshrinees were given their new gold jackets during a ceremony, but that itself wasn’t what really got my attention.

Instead, it was the realization — granted, with the help of thunderous NFL Films music and the electricity of the crowd — that as every returning Hall of Famer was introduced, one by one, how the history of the NFL was suddenly playing out in one tangible moment. Former Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams, who is one of this year’s seven, said that the meaning of being put in the Hall of Fame is that “‘When they say the Hall of Fame, they’re saying they can’t tell the history of the NFL without including you.”

Of course, that’s the point of a Hall of Fame, to mark the history of, in this case, pro football. Still, to see the legends you grew up watching all in one place is special. A living, breathing textbook of the NFL. This is more than just a bust of a guy. It’s Aeneas Williams, at the end of his “gauntlet” walk through dozens of Hall of Famers, getting to the end and sharing an emotional hug and tears with one-time fierce rival Michael Irvin.

It can’t help but be memorable.


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2 Responses to “The history of the NFL, live and in person”

  1. By G Witt on Aug 2, 2014 | Reply

    The Picture Says It All

  2. By clssylssy on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    What an experience of a lifetime for you, Darren and well deserved for your endless hours writing quality articles that keep us all up-to-date and represent the team and organization tastefully and with class. It was truly a special moment for all Cards fans to see one of our own inducted into the HOF; gave me goosebumps and even brought a tear to my normally jaded and somewhat cynical eyes! Hopefully, next year will be Kurt’s year followed later by Fitz, Boldin (he’ll always be a Card to me) Peterson, Mathieu and a cast of new generation Cards players and most likely BA at some point!
    Congratulaations to Aeneas on this wonderful honor; you’ve made all Cards fans proud!

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