Can’t visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame? No worries; starting this fall, at least part of it will be coming to you.
As part of its 50th anniversary, The Pro Football Hall of Fame will debut its traveling exhibit October 6, 2012 at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
The exhibit, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will run through January 6, 2013 before embarking to other cities during its nationwide tour.
Pittsburgh is noted as “the home of professional football,” which started November 12, 1892 with signing the very first pro football player, William (Pudge) Heffelfinger. He was paid $500 by the Allegheny Athletic Association.
The timing couldn’t be better; two other milestones have also been noted in addition to the Hall of Fame’s anniversary: the upcoming 80th anniversary season of the Pittsburgh Steelers and December 23, 2012 marking the 40th anniversary of Hall of Famer Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception.”
A panel from the elevator Art Rooney Sr. was riding in at the time he’d missed Harris’ famous catch was unveiled April 10 during a news conference to announce the upcoming exhibit.
Visit the Heinz History Center to learn more about exhibits and other events.