Pro Football Hall of Fame
For those who watch football, play football and otherwise bleed football, life won’t be complete without a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. We’re not kidding around here. This newly expanded and renovated facility is the gridiron mothership, the mecca of pigskin and the ultimate homage to America’s favorite pastime.
Visitors can reminisce about defining moments in football history; gaze adoringly at the bronze busts of the HOF’s inductees; design their own Super Bowl rings; or peruse the jerseys, helmets, footballs, programs, rule books and other unexpected memorabilia accumulated over the more than 120-year history of pro football. Ah yes, it’s a football fantasia!
The museum’s interactive exhibits are some of its most popular. Visitors can complete a pass in a throwing cage, play some EA Sports Madden Football, compete in a trivia challenge and yell at the screen in the Super Bowl Theater.
An instant replay exhibit gives visitors 60 seconds to confirm or overturn a ruling on the field. They can do this in the safety of a museum, by the way, where thousands of angry fans won’t be waiting for them in the parking lot.
And, what hall of fame wouldn’t be complete without some unusual memorabilia?
There’s a famous piece of turf on display. Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Franco Harris saved the turf from the exact spot where he caught the “Immaculate Reception” in the closing seconds of the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Though, Oakland Raiders fans might consider this display sacrilege.
Then, there’s an odd metal contraption designed by an Akron man who worked at a bowling ball company. The machine was supposed to keep footballs warm and dry. Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown apparently tried the machine, without success, in the 1950s.
Trust us, your obsession with football is totally normal here.