Football Hall of Fame 2014

Having grown up in Canton, Ohio I have always been a fan of the NFL Hall of Fame which opened during my childhood.  I don’t go every year, but have been to the annual enshrinement many times including for my buddies from the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and this year Andre Reed.  This is football’s greatest weekend and Canton becomes shrine to all of the games best.  The entire weekend is filled with festivals, parades, banquets, the actual enshrinement, the after parties and of course the first NFL game of the season.

This year was notable for not only Andre Reed, but also because now TV celebrity Michael Strahan was enshrined, so it upped the ante for attendees and coverage.  All of this was great, but for me personally, the best part of the weekend was being able to hang out with my buddy Jim Kelly.  I visited Jim in the hospital in NYC in February and although we talk frequently, I had not seen him personally until last week.  Jim is staging a courageous battle with cancer and is showing all of us what “Kelly Tough” is.  Jim looked good, considering what he has been through and other than having a little less energy, he is same old Jim.

April and I had the pleasure to visit with our old football friends and families and to meet many legends, some celebrities and generally enjoy the weekend.  The following are pictures from the weekend.

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Hall of Famer and buddy Jim Kelly and 2014 HOF inductee Michael Strahan

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2014 HOF inductees Andre Reed and  Punter Ray Guy.

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Some legends, celebrities, coaches, politicians and others at the 2014 Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Hard core football fans will recognize most of the pics.

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