Monday, April 16, 2012

Pro Football Hall of Fame Debuts in Pittsburgh

History Center To Debut Pro Football Hall of Fame Exhibition This Fall

The largest traveling exhibition ever created about the history of professional football is coming to Pittsburgh!

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will make its world premiere at the Senator John Heinz History Center on Oct. 6, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013 before embarking on a national traveling tour.    

Developed in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gridiron Glory will focus on the history of pro football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to its rise as one of the world's most beloved sports.
Included in the exhibit are more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos, and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, many of which have never been seen outside of the Hall of Fame.

Highlights include:
The 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association accounting ledger featuring Pudge Heffelfinger, known as "Pro Football's Birth Certificate"

Knute Rockne 1919 Helmet

Artifacts from pro football's pioneers, such as Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs sideline blanket, Knute Rockne's 1919 helmet (above), Red Grange's items from the historic 1925 Chicago Bears barnstorming tour, Johnny "Blood" McNally's canvas football pants, Sammy Baugh's helmet, and Bobby Layne's jersey.

Items from the golden era of pro football, including Jim Brown's jersey, Vince Lombardi's coaching diagrams, Dick Butkus' helmet, Johnny Unitas' jersey, Tom Dempsey's kicking shoe, and Tom Landry's iconic coaching hat.

Highlights from the NFL's greatest running backs, such as footballs from O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson, and jerseys from Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Bo Jackson, and Barry Sanders.

Artifacts from record-breaking quarterbacks, including John Elway's jersey from the historic 1986 championship season, Joe Montana's Super Bowl XXIII MVP football, and Dan Marino's career yardage and pass completions record footballs.

Items from historic receivers, such as Jerry Rice's helmet and career touchdown reception football and New England Patriots (and Woodland Hills High School graduate) Rob Gronkowski's jersey from his historic 2011 season.
Joe Greene's Game-used Helmet

Gridiron Glory will also feature unique items from Hall of Fame Steelers, including:
Art Rooney's elevator console from the "Immaculate Reception"
Franco Harris' cleats from his legendary career
Joe Greene's game-used helmet
Lynn Swann's 1978 Monday Night Football game ball
Jack Lambert's jersey from his final season

For more information on Gridiron Glory, please stay tuned to

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact History Center fundraising counsel Audrey Brourman at 412-454-6404 or

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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