CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Pro Football Hall of Fame has opened a Class of 2021 Locker exhibit, focusing on all eight inductees: Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Bill Nunn, Drew Pearson and Charles Woodson.
The collection covers footballs, jerseys, awards, film cannisters and playbooks. Here are some of the artifacts, which reflect career milestones:
Faneca: Super Bowl XL uniform and locker nameplate, a football from his childhood used to play catch with his father, handwritten notebook.
Flores: Super Bowl XV film cannister from Oakland’s victory over Philadelphia in 1981, plaque from the League of United Latin American Citizens recognizing Flores as the first minority NFL head coach to win a Super Bowl.
Johnson: Detroit Lions jersey, helmet and shoes; Georgia Tech jersey; Sandy Creek (Georgia) High School helmet.
Lynch: 2003 Pro Bowl locker nameplate, his copy of Tampa Bay’ Super Bowl XXXVII game plan.
Manning: Indianapolis and Denver jerseys and helmets plus Super Bowl XLI and 50 hats and game notebooks.
Nunn: Briefcase, stopwatch, binoculars, 1964-65 scrapbooks.
Pearson: Game ball commemorating Pearson’s 366th reception with Dallas vs. St. Louis Cardinals game in 1980, bronzed shoe.
Woodson: Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers jerseys and helmets, 1998 NFL Draft card, game-worn cleats when he intercepted his 65th pass.
Flores is being inducted as a coach, and Nunn is being inducted as a contributor.
Items from the Centennial Class of 2020 also remain on display. Because last year’s enshrinement was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic both the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted on subsequent days in August.
The Hall of Fame has made other recent updates to the museum, including:
• “The Season in Review” display with artifacts telling the story of how the Covid pandemic affected the NFL.
• Recognition of Black College Football Hall of Fame classes of 2020 and 2021.
• 2020 NFL MVP display honoring Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The hall is at 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton.
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