Unveiling of Gridiron Glory exhibit draws pro-athlete alums
I love this! I could stay here all day,” commented Ron McCreary as he intently watched an archive video of NFL footage in all of its black-and-white glory.
What could quite possibly be described as the ultimate man cave, the Senator John Heinz History Center, last week unveiled Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The museum rolled out the red carpet on Thursday for a roster of pro-athlete alums, including L.C. Greenwood, Frenchy Fuqua, Mike Wagner, Tony Dorsett, Lydell Mitchell, and Herb Douglas (the oldest living black Olympian).
As if that weren't enough to put more than 200 VIPs over the edge, the evening celebrated the 120th anniversary of pro football, the 80th Pittsburgh Steelers season, the 50th year of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the 40th year of the Immaculate Reception.
“It's been a good 40 years,” offered Franco Harris.
Co-chaired by his wife, Dana, and Nadine Bognar, the exhibit enjoyed its debut as the first stop on a national tour, showcasing a jaw-dropping display of 200 carefully chosen goodies from the Hall of Fame as well as clips from the NFL Films archives that the HHC's Brady Smith accurately described as “Disneyland for adults.”
“I think this is fantastic,” offered Hall of Fame prez Stephen Perry. “We love it, because it's a way we can bring a piece of the Hall of Fame to people to give them a taste of what they can see in Canton.”
Making the rounds were HHC prez Andy andDebbie Masich, board prez Bob Cindrich, Bruce and Barbara Wiegand, Art Rooney Jr., Art Rooney II, John andVirginia DiPucci, Jerry and Wanda MacCleary,Dok Harris and Alexis Wukich, Jackie Dixon and Dino DePaulo.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.