Media Day & Gold Jacket Dinner for HOF Enshrinement Weekend

 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Coverage Presented by The Parkway Auto Superstore in Dover

WTUZ BIG Z Sports Reporting

Another long day of events for Enshrinement Weekend took place on Friday. Media Day for the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and returning Hall of Famers occurred at McKinley High School in Canton. The 7 Enshrinees answered questions from the media for the only time during this celebratory weekend. Among the inductees who will be honored two more times when they receive their Gold Jackets and their Bronze Busts are, Jason Taylor, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Jerry Jones, Kenny Easley and Morten Andersen. Jason Taylor attended the University of Akron and went on to have a stellar career at defensive end for the Miami Dolphins. Taylor, who also played one season with Washington and one with the New York Jets, won the Defensive Player of the year award in 2006, and is a member of the 2000’s All Decade team.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s the St. Louis Rams had the “Greatest Show on Turf”. At the helm was Quarterback Kurt Warner. Warner was a two time league MVP (99-01) and Super Bowl MVP for the Rams as they defeated the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. He also led the Arizona Cardinals to their first ever Super Bowl apperance, where they lost to potential future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

LaDainian Tomlinson was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the fifth overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a senior at Texas Christian, he became just the second player in college football history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season and 5,000 in a career. He was the NFL MVP in 2006 and rushed for 13,684 yards for his career, which is 5th all time.

Terrell Davis had a short but yet effective career as a running back for the Denver Broncos. Davis shined in the Broncos biggest games as evidenced by him stringing together a NFL playoff record seven straight 100-yard performances spanning the 1997 and ’98 postseasons capped by Denver winning back-to-back Super Bowls, defeating Green Bay and Atlanta. He also rushed for 2,008 yards in 1998, the season in which he was named MVP.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has the most valuable sports franchise in the world according to Forbes. His team won 3 Super Bowls in the mid-90’s and is branded as “Americas Team”. Jones’s leadership in areas of sports marketing and promotion have not only profoundly impacted the Cowboys, but has influenced the the entire National Football League and America’s sports culture.

Kenny Easley was selected in the first round, 4th overall, out of UCLA by the Seattle
Seahawks in the 1981 NFL Draft. The Seahawks safety was an intimidating defensive force
during his seven-year tenure in Seattle. He is now only the 4th Seahawk to be Enshrined in Canton.

Morten Andersen entered the National Football League as the fourth round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1982. He left the game 25 seasons later as the most prolific scorer in league history, he also holds the record for most games played at 382.

Also on hand was Ohio State University Alum and Minnesota Viking Cris Carter (first), and Seattle Seahawk Hall of Famer Steve Largent (second). Largent was Enshrined in Canton in 1995, and Carter in 2013.

The Enshrinee Gold Jacket dinner was held Friday evening at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The dinner is highlighted by the presentation of the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket to the Class of 2017 Enshrinees. Below our videos of each inductee receiving their Gold Jacket, followed by a group photo.

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Coverage continues Sunday night, when the 7 inductees will be officially enshrined in Canton.

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