The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Gridiron Glory is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibit ever done on America’s most popular sport. This exhibition focuses on diverse subjects such as the societal impact of the sport and the science behind the game along with inspirational stories of the game’s pioneers, great players, coaches, and circumstances of play.
This traveling 6,000 square foot exhibit opens January 30, 2017 for a three-month run at the University Museum, on view until April, 20, 2017. Gridiron Glory, organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in association with NFL Films, gives viewers a panoramic view of the story of professional football – from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to its status today as a cultural phenomenon.
Inspirational stories of the game’s pioneers, top athletes, coaches, and unique plays will unfold for patrons. The exhibit will include more than 200 artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s collection, rare documents, award-winning photography and a 500 square-foot area reserved for the venue’s “home team” – the Houston Texans.
Many of the items on display in Houston will be available for the first time. The exhibit includes the Vince Lombardi Trophy, an authentic interactive instant-replay booth, Knute Rockne’s 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet, Jim Brown’s jersey worn in an actual game, and Emmitt Smith’s rushing-record game mementos, among other highlights.
Media, businesses and organizations are invited to partner with TSU in this amazing experience. Funding through exhibition ticket sales and sponsorship support college scholarships and student programs.
Texas Southern University alumnus Michael Strahan, Southern University’s Aeneas Williams and Prairie View A&M’s Kenny Houston will be spotlighted in this exhibition.
Gridiron Glory will feature interactive elements for fans of the sport – ‘Measure Up to the Pros’ allows a comparison of your physical dimensions and athletic abilities to the biggest stars in the game; ‘You make the Call’ will let fans step into an Instant Replay Booth and see if they can make the right call; exhibit patrons can try on vintage pads and jerseys along with today’s light-weight equipment; and fans can enjoy interactive touch-screen kiosks that show video clips of their favorite Hall of Famer.
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