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NFL Celebrates the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50 Years



National Football League

To NFL Fans:

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary marks a major milestone in the history of professional football and the National Football League. The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened its doors on September 7, 1963 and has achieved 50 years of excellence in honoring the legends of the game, preserving pro football’s historic documents and artifacts and educating the public regarding the origin, development and growth of this sport we love. The NFL, its players, coaches, and owners are proud to participate in many events and activities to celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first half-century of success.The NFL has designated all the games played during weeks 14 and 15 of the 2012 season to pay tribute to the Hall of Fame. During these games, each team’s players will wear the Pro Football Hall of Fame 50 Year logo patch on their uniforms.Also, Hall of Famers will be in the broadcast booths to announce and comment about the Hall of Fame’s 50 Years and teams will use the occasion to honor their alumni and celebrate their team histories. Another very exciting element of the 50 Years celebration is the completion of the largest-ever expansion and renovation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame facilities. I strongly encourage all football fans to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio during its 50th year to witness, first-hand, the major enhancements that have been made to America’s premier sports museum and showplace.

In order to “bring the Hall of Fame exhibits to the fans,” the Hall of Fame has launched a 7,000 square-foot interactive, multimedia national traveling exhibition, titled, “Gridiron Glory – the Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” This exhibition is currently at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh and will travel to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans followed by a five-year nationwide tour to major cultural institutions.

Congratulations to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 50 years of success and thanks to the fans for helping to put the foundation in place for even greater success in the future. We appreciate your continued support of the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sincerely,Roger Goodell
Commissioner, National Football League

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