- Coverage will begin at a new time: 12 p.m. ET
- Eight former players, coaches and officials are honored; Chris Berman as moderator
- ESPN’s 27th year of televising the annual event; Suzy Kolber, Louis Riddick and Chris Mortensen will head up coverage from Canton, Ohio
ESPN’s coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement returns for the 27th time on Saturday, August 6, when eight Shrines will be officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coverage of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class begins at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN, a new afternoon time for the annual event. ESPN Radio will also provide live coverage of the event.
The Class of 2022 consists of eight Heroes of the Game: Tony Bosselli (Jacksonville Jaguars), cliff branch (Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders), Leroy Butler (Green Bay packers), Art McNally (National Football League Official), Sam Mills (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers) Richard Seymour (New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders) Dick Vermeil (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs) and Bryant Young (San Francisco 49ers).
Live from Canton, Ohio, ESPN’s 26-year host veteran Susie Kolber will host the anchoring ceremony with insiders from ESPN’s NFL front office Louis Riddick and winner of the 2016 Dick McCann Award Chris Mortensen. For the 22ndnd year, ESPN’s Chris BermanThe 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award will host the ceremony.
ESPN Radio will also broadcast guest of honor speeches throughout the day on Saturday and provide insights from special guests. On site in Canton, reporters from Jaguars, Mike Dirocco will cover all celebrations surrounding the induction ceremonies on behalf of the NFL nation.
NFL Nation’s coverage of the eight “Heroes of the Game”:
Throughout the month, ESPN’s NFL Nation has been honoring the inductees on ESPN.com with reports on how each made their way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights include:
- “He Was a Trendsetter”: Why Art McNally Becomes the First Official inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Kevin Seifert writes about a different era for NFL officials and how McNally wanted to educate people about the game and the rules. McNally’s legacy includes elements that helped change the game, including instant replay.
- Dick Vermeil’s “burnout” turned into an unconventional Hall of Fame career – Adam Teicher writes about Dick Vermeil’s unique journey in the NFL after his surprise retirement in 1982 at the age of just 46. Vermeil “eroded” after sleeping an average of four hours a night and engaging in long, grueling exercises. By the time he returned to coaching 14 years later, the game had changed, but so had he. And he proved he’s changed with the times when he won a Super Bowl with “The Greatest Show On Turf” St. Louis Rams.
- ‘He looked like he belonged – and he did’ – How misfit Sam Mills was inducted into the Hall of Fame – David Newton and Mike Triplet write about how Sam Mills’ journey into the NFL was anything but routine. He wasn’t the greatest player, but the dominant inside linebacker overcame long odds to make it to the NFL, then achieved iconic status by helping shape the game before his death in 2005 at the age of 45 from colon cancer.
- Green Bay Packers great LeRoy Butler earned HOF nods with patience and perseverance – Rob Demovsky writes how LeRoy Butler is known for creating the Lambeau Leap, but his story goes well beyond the celebrated celebration. His Hall of Famer resume stands on its own without post-touchdown celebrations.
- Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch’s impact went well beyond world-class speed – Paul Gutierrez spoke to Cliff Branch teammates as well as former head coach Tom Flores to find out what made Branch such a great player. Everyone knew about his speed, but they didn’t see what he was doing in training to hone his skills.
- Why six former rivals fought for the San Francisco 49ers’ Bryant Young – Nick Wagoner writes that Bryant Young would never have done the HOF if the introduction was self-promotional. Young was humble, but his performance spoke volumes. For that reason, the 49ers star’s former rivals have taken it upon themselves to become advocates for Young’s HOF campaign.
- How Richard Seymour’s versatility and values made him an underrated Patriots squad – Mike Reiss writes how Richard Seymour’s leadership and ability to dominate at every position on the defensive line helped strengthen New England’s top three title teams. “We could put Richard anywhere and be successful with that. When you have that kind of talent and dominance from that position, that’s how you win championships,” Patriots great Tedy Bruschi said of Seymour.
- A bittersweet day for Tony Boselli – Mike Dirocco writes how Tony Boselli’s father did not live long enough to see his son inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he recorded a congratulatory message for him before he died. Boselli is the first Jaguar to be included. Next Thursday, August 4th.
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