CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is taking some of its show on the road, sharing parts of its shrine in Canton, Ohio, with fans around the country.
Barry Sanders’ jersey from the 1997 game in which he reached the 2,000-yard rushing mark, the Vince Lombardi Trophy and an authentic interactive instant replay booth are among the hundreds of items that will be on display in Gridiron Glory.
The 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibition will make its debut Oct. 6 in Pittsburgh at the Heinz History Center.
“The coolest thing is the replay booth,” Hall of Famer and Gridiron Glory ambassador Sanders said. “You step into it and can review a play and make the call to see if you can get it right.”
Will the infamous ending of the Green Bay-Seattle game be a reviewable play for fans?
“That would be ideal for this,” Sanders said. “You figure that play is going to make it into NFL history books.”
Gridiron Glory will move to New Orleans where the next Super Bowl will be this winter before going on to St. Louis next summer, the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, Detroit and Minneapolis.
“It really gives people a good taste and feel for what they can see in Canton,” Sanders said. “This will reach people who haven’t been to Canton and might give them even more motivation to make the trip. They’re going to tailor it to each city they’re in, so there will be things that will really appeal to fans in each city.”
Someone visiting the exhibit might even run into Sanders, who was inducted in 2004, and share a laugh about how he was an elusive player to
interview and has become a spokesman in retirement.
“I think it’s pretty ironic,” he acknowledged. “I wouldn’t figure I’d be at the top of their list.”
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