Greetings, and welcome to our Hall of Fame chat. Like you, we'll be following along with the speeches, etc. Give us your impressions of those speeches, festivities, playing careers of the enshrinees, anything and everything HOF. Have fun.
Hola, folks. We're about 15 minutes away from the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. There won't be a HOF Game this year, but that just means more time to focus on this year's inductees. So let's get to it...
So far in the pre-ceremony NFL Network show: we've had mentions of Deion's jheri curl, and Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg sightings.
BREAKING: Deion plans to reveal a secret tonight during his speech. Here's to hoping it has something to do with bringing back the jheri curl.
Deacon Jones: Shannon Sharpe "was the first guy crying at the jacket ceremony."
+ infinity to NFL Network for their Hall of Fame coverage introduction music: The Black Keys.
Just saw an image of a Browns fan getting his picture taken with the Lombardi Trophy. Sadly, that's as close as a Browns' jersey will get to the Super Bowl.
Deion fashion update: he's wearing Michael Jackson's shades from that '80s Coke commercial with Alfonso Ribeiro.
Shannon Sharpe is talking to NFL Network's Kara Henderson right now and he's doing his best to fight back the tears. So, yeah, there's a 100 percent chance he cries early and often during his speech.
...And we're off. Chris Berman is your master of ceremonies!
Berman introduces Roger Goodell as "the man responsible for their being football for the next 10 years." Goodell is promptly booed.
Ed Sabol is the first inductee recognized. At 94, he's also the oldest.
After seven tries, Richard Dent finally makes it to Canton, and he joins Sabol on the stage right now.
Roger Goodell just announced that he has fined James Harrison. (That's a joke -- but admit it, you wouldn't have been shocked if it were true.)
Not exactly a sellout at Canton today.
Deion looks like he's in the groom's party at the rehearsal dinner.
Ed Sabol's contributions predate the Hall of Fame. That's amazing.
Steve Sabol talking about his father might be the highlight of the night.
"You can't soar like an eagle and crap like a canary." - Ed Sabol. Words to live by.
@BroncosItaly And Al Jolson!