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football hall of fameGet ready for the ceremony & festivities as a handful of inductees are enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

Formal enshrinement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017. All the hoopla is preceded by nothing less than the biggest NFL preseason exhibition pro game of the year.

The AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game takes place on Thursday, August 3, 2017 airing on NBC beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET live from the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. This year's matchup features the The Dallas Cowboys vs. the Arizona Cardinals

BUT after the big game on there's serious business to attend to at the Football Hall of Fame 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony!

nfl hall of fame inductees 2017
From left to right: Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson,
Terrel Davis, Morten Andersen, Kenny Easley, Jerry
Jones and Kurt Warner in the NFL Hall of Fame 2017.

That's when the induction ceremony to the Football Hall of Fame recognizes retired pro players with the honor of a lifetime. (Check local listings and watch for the TV presentation by traditional broadcasters ESPN and the NFL Network.)

Who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year?

Running back Terrell Davis; owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones; defensive end Jason Taylor; and quarterback Kurt Warner are among the seven-man class that was recently elected to the Hall of Fame.

Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 include kicker Morten Andersen, running back LaDainian Tomlinson; and safety Kenny Easley who will also be presented with their bust sculptures and gold jackets in Canton this summer.

Online voting for the Football Hall of Fame at helped engage fans in the process to determine who was picked for this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

All about the Pro Football Hall of Fame

To be considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame election, a nominated player or coach must have been retired at least five years. This year's class will increase to more than 300 the players and coaches who are now permanently honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

In celebration, a 10-day party is traditionally planned in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival including fireworks displays, live music concerts, and even kids activities.

Opened in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum has grown over the decades to become a multi-million dollar complex in tribute to American football greats, and a veritable shrine to American football history, records, stats and trivia.

class of 1985
Class of '87: Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach.

Hall of Fame - DID YOU KNOW?

• What's in a name? The more colorfully-named Hall of Fame inductees have included Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch, Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, Dick (Night Train) Lane, Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, and "Mean" Joe Greene.

• "Mean" Joe Greene was inducted in 1987, but remains even more famous for starring in a Coke commercial entitled "Hey, Kid Catch!" which aired during the 1979 Super Bowl.

• One of the most illustrious Hall of Fame classes was inducted in 1985. It included Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, and Roger Staubach.

• Cal Hubbard is currently the only person in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (as a player) and the Baseball Hall of Fame (as an umpire).

• Pennsylvania leads the pack in inductees, with 30 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame born in the Keystone state.

More about the pro football Hall of Fame around the Web:

On the Web, take a virtual tour, learn more about football greats of the past in profiles & photos, get details on the Hall of Fame Weekend festivities, and what else it means to be forever enshrined in the American Pro Football Hall of Fame ....

Pro Football Hall of Fame - Check out the official site with pictures, updates, inductee news, annual Hall of Fame Weekend & game schedule, museum virtual tour, pictures & video presentations, extensive historical guides including a decade-by-decade timeline, player profiles, plus a complete visitor guide with directions, contact info.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival - Pulling out all the stops in Canton with a 10-day celebration featuring hot air balloon flights, parades, races, concerts & fireworks, and a complete schedule including ticket information and visitor guide.

Pro Football Hall of Fame - Wikipedia - Get a leg up on encyclopedic knowledge of its history, the selection process, a list of inductees dating back to 1963, and related resources.

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