By Lexi Hotchkiss and John Luteran, all images courtesy Pro Football Hall of Fame
We know your type. You’re the person grilling up brats and burgers in a stadium parking lot at 6 a.m. on gameday. Your fantasy football team gets more love and attention than your overgrown lawn. You may or may not have painted your face in your team’s colors more than once in your life.
We are your people, football fan. You are home. Now it’s time to make your pilgrimage to the place where it all began.
Every summer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival takes over the city of Canton, located about an hour south of Cleveland (just follow I-77 South and you’re there). Not only is Canton the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it’s also where the American Professional Football Association, later renamed the National Football League, was founded in 1920.