Some Personal Thoughts on Hall of Fame Saturday
By Pat Florio
Special to Pro Football Guru
This was probably the most emotional and inspirational Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony I have ever watched. It signals officially that football is back.
Admittedly, I missed the start of the ceremony and did miss Robert Brazile but did catch him later on the highlights. I saw a very grateful and happy man to have finally made it.
I love seeing the veterans get in. Which brings me to Jerry Kramer, who I honestly thought was already a member! To listen to his stories about Vince Lombardi were a big highlight. Nothing like watching those old clips and hearing stories from the early years of the NFL.
Brian Urlacher started the string of passionate speeches. He was the most reserved while being very humble and appreciative. Brian Dawkins hit home for me as someone who has gone through the ups and downs of depression. You could feel his emotion jump through the screen. It was very heartfelt and what he did for his wife was very touching. You can tell he has a great woman beside him.
Randy Moss was amazing and his shout out and appreciation for what Bill Belichick did for his career was really nice to see. Then there was Ray Lewis. I am inspired by this man. I sat there in awe during his speech. The man can control an entire stadium with his voice. Love that he brought up how we need God back in our schools. I could go on and on about Lewis and everyone for that matter.
Finally, my thoughts on Terrell Owens. I watched him play his first game with the San Francisco 49ers and remember saying to myself this guy is going to be good. I believe a lot of the negativity towards him is his own doing. However, he was a tremendous player and his numbers spoke for themselves. This man should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer – no question.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame committee should be embracing these players and their individuality. I’ve always enjoyed watching guys that pushed the envelope. Who was brasher than Deion Sanders? He was a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Owens should have been on that stage last year. I support what he did because it didn’t take away from the ceremony or the best set of speeches I’ve ever seen watching this event.
Welcome back football.
Pat Florio is fan of the NFL and all sports for the past 30 plus years and can be followed on Twitter at @mrflorio25.