Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The traditional kick off of the NFL season with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton was supposed to happen Sunday.  It didn’t. 

There were problems with the condition of the field.  Paint used to put the logo at midfield and markings in the end zones dried to a finish that was hard and slick and judged unsafe for players.  That’s why the game was called according to the Hall of Fame.

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If you’re looking for a memento from this week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony, a local winery has you covered.  

The Hall of Fame has teamed up with Gervasi Vineyard in Canton for a limited edition wine.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is called “Excellence.”

Nichole Cardinale, Marketing Manager says the name and the partnership reflects similar goals.

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Two of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees are from northeast Ohio.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell says both found the return to the region moving.

Three-time All-Pro offensive tackle Orlando Pace, who was all-everything at Ohio State, is from Sandusky.  And, although he says he’s stayed close with his family there, being back for the Hall of Fame experience is special.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton enshrines the Class of 2016 on Saturday, and it includes several NFL greats with Ohio connections. 

Orlando Pace was born in Sandusky and played for Ohio State before being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 1997 and eventually winning Superbowl XXXIV with the team in 2000.  He’s joined by Youngstown-native Eddie DeBartolo Jr., who owned the San Francisco 49ers when the team won five Superbowls in the ‘80s and 90s.

HOF  in Canton, OH
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Hall of Fame weekend is approaching in Canton.  On Tuesday, the NFL showed-off some of the progress made in the past year on its half-a-billion-dollar Hall of Fame Village destination project.

Early look